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Full Moons for October 2020
October has two full Moons this year: the full Harvest Moon on October 1 and the full Hunter’s Moon...
Halloween Blue Moon in 2020: How Rare Is a Full Moon on Halloween?
In October 2020, we’ll experience a Halloween Blue Moon. Ever noticed that Halloween pictures...
Night Sky for October
Welcome to the Almanac’s Sky Watch for October 2020. Mars is at its most visible and brightest....
Full Moon Names
Historically, names for the full or new Moons were used to track the seasons. Think of them as “...
Night Sky Map for October 2020: Constellations, Then and Now
Welcome to the October Sky Map! This month, we highlight constellations. Who was the first person...
What Is the Harvest Moon?
In 2020, the Harvest Moon rises on Thursday, October 1! The Moon will appear full for about three...
Woolly Bear Caterpillars and Weather Prediction
Woolly bear caterpillars—also called woolly worms—have a reputation for being able to forecast the...
Night Sky for September 2020
Mark your calendars for September 24 and 25 when Jupiter and Saturn hover due south at 8:30 p.m....
Why Is the Moon So Low (or So High)?
The Moon meets all four of the most brilliant and easily-seen planets this week and next. See Bob’s...
Fishing Calendar for 2020
When is the best time to go fishing? See the best fishing dates and times from The Old Farmer’s...
Blue Moon in 2020: When Is the Next Blue Moon?
The Hunter’s Blue Moon will occur on October 31, 2020—Halloween night! What is a Blue Moon, exactly...
The Far Side of the Moon
We never see the far side of the Moon or what some people mistakenly call the “dark side.” So what...
What Day Is the Harvest Moon in 2020?
When is the full Harvest Moon: This year, the famous Harvest Moon—which appears to shine on for...
Night Sky Map for September 2020: Pegasus & Measuring the Sky
Welcome to the Night Sky Map for September 2020! This month, watch for Pegasus, the Winged Horse,...
Full Moon for September 2020
The full Moon for September 2020 is the Full Corn Moon! (This year, the Harvest Moon will be in...
Night Sky for August 2020
Look up! The month of August ends with the waxing Moon meeting giant planets Jupiter and Saturn in...
Quarter Moon or a Half Moon? Clearing Up Confusion.
When you’re looking at a Moon that’s half-illuminated—like half a pie—why is it named a “Quarter...
Night Sky Map for August 2020: The Milky Way
Welcome to the Night Sky Map for August 2020! This month, we talk about one of the night sky’s most...
Perseid Meteor Shower 2020
The annual Perseid Meteor Shower peaks from August 11 to 13. The Perseids are considered the best...
Full Moon for August 2020
August’s full Sturgeon Moon reaches its peak on Monday, August 3, 2020. Learn how this month’s full...
Full Moon for July 2020
Forget the fireworks! This year, watch the full Buck Moon rise on the 4th of July instead! Find out...
Night Sky for July 2020
Welcome to the Almanac’s Sky Watch for July 2020. Plan ahead for the top stargazing sights of the...
When Will the Moon Rise Tonight?
What is tonight’s moonrise time? Find out how to calculate when the Moon will rise tonight. Also,...
Night Sky for June 2020
Welcome to the Almanac Sky Watch for June 2020. This month, we say goodbye to nightime Venus;...
Night Sky Map for June 2020: See the Stars Move
Welcome to the Night Sky Map for June 2020! Why do objects like stars appear move across the sky at...
Night Sky Map for July 2020: The Summer Triangle
Welcome to the Night Sky Map for July 2020! This month, we talk about the three “stars of summer,”...
The Moon Illusion: Why Does the Moon Look So Big Tonight?
Who hasn’t turned down a road to confront a low, horizon-hugging Moon that seems absolutely...
Full Moon for June 2020
The full Strawberry Moon rises on Friday, June 5, 2020! Find out why June’s full Moon is called the...
What Is a New Moon?
For astronomers, a new Moon means no Moon! For many cultures, however, the new Moon carries special...
What is Earthshine?
Ever noticed that you can sometimes see the part of the Moon that isn’t lit up? That’s earthshine...
Full Moon for May 2020
May’s full Moon rises on Thursday, May 7! This full Moon will be the last of the three supermoons...
Night Sky Map for May 2020: Asterisms
Welcome to the Night Sky Map for May 2020! This month, learn about asterisms, which are unofficial...
How to Design a Moon Garden
A Moon garden can be enjoyed from dusk to dark—by the light of the Moon! We’ll show you how to plan...
Venus At Brightest in Years in Late April
April 27, 2020 (EDT), or April 28, 2020 (UT), is officially the planet’s brightest evening in years...
Night Sky Map for April 2020: Minor Constellations
Welcome to the Night Sky Map for April 2020! This month, we focus on lesser-known constellations...
What on Earth is Epact?
Here’s a little something deliciously arcane for those who long for the “simplicity” of life before...
Full Moon for April 2020
April’s full Moon rises on the night of Tuesday, April 7. Traditionally called the Pink Moon, this...
Why The Harvest Moon Appears to Shine On—For Days!
Let’s set the record straight about the Harvest Moon . It’s not bigger than other full Moons. It’s...
Full Moon for November 2020
November’s Full Beaver Moon rises on November 30! Learn when to spot it in your area and the...
Full Moon for December 2020
December’s full Moon rises on December 29, 2020. The original Old Farmer’s Almanac will reveal...
When Is Easter 2020? | How the Easter Date is Determined
Easter 2020 will be observed on Sunday, April 12! Find out how the date of Easter is determined,...
April "Pink" Supermoon: Brightest of 2020
This year, the nearest (and, thus biggest and brighest) supermoon of the year rises on April 7–8....