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Looking for Planet Nine
What is Planet Nine? Find out more about a possible new planet in our solar system. Everyone likes...
Should Pluto be a Planet?
Should Pluto be a planet? Having now seen some of our first-ever close-up pictures of Pluto, let’s...
October Planet Show Extends its Run
The action remains glued to the morning sky. We’re talking 6:00 AM. Normally, planet conjunctions...
Four Planets Meet in the October 2015 Night Sky!
The wild morning display continues! See four planets performing the year’s best conjunctions. It’s...
Sky Watch: April 2018
Welcome to the April 2018 Sky Watch! See what to look for in the night sky tonight, including...
What’s the Slowest-Spinning Planet?
Space is famous for zippy activity, like streaking meteors that sail through the night sky. But...
The Moon, Saturn, and Mars Meet on April 6–7
Sometimes the actual sky is so compelling, we’re forced to simply look out the window. Such is the...
The Year's Best Conjunction is Sunday, March 18
An unusual thing happens Sunday evening at 7:30 P.M.—a beautiful meeting of the three closest...
Sky Watch: March 2018
Welcome to the March 2018 Sky Watch! See what to look for in the night sky tonight, including...
Planet Spectacle: The Show Will Start Soon
This year will indeed be extraordinary for planets. We will see one of the closest approaches of...
Sky Watch: February 2018
Welcome to the February 2018 Sky Watch! See what to look for in the night sky tonight, including...
Sky Watch: January 2018
Welcome to the January 2018 Sky Watch! See what to look for in the night sky tonight, including...
Sky Watch: December 2017
Welcome to the December 2017 Sky Watch! See what to look for in the night sky tonight, including...
Sky Watch: November 2017
Welcome to the November 2017 Sky Watch! See what to look for in the night sky tonight, including...
The Smiling Moon, Venus, Mars on October 17
Maybe you’ve already seen it. Low in the east, just before dawn—say at 6:15 or so—is the brightest...
Navigating the Night Sky
The wonder of the universe is at your fingertips! Here is how you can use the Almanac to help...
A Perfect Time to See Saturn
On Tuesday evening, September 26, look at the Moon at nightfall, around 8:00 PM. A star dangles...
Why Water Is So Amazing and Unique
It’s hard not to appreciate water, despite it being the most common compound in the cosmos. Besides...
Fourth of July Sky: Jupiter and Saturn
Independence Day (U.S.) is the evening when most Americans are watching the sky. While you wait for...
June's Honey Moon: The Lowest of the Year
June’s Full Moon is the lowest of the year. This has all sorts of consequences … Technically full...
Jupiter and The Moon: An Early June Conjunction
Now that NASA’s Juno spacecraft is orbiting Jupiter and sending us spectacular pictures, especially...
Saturday Night: Alignment At Our Galaxy's Core
Something special happens in the sky Saturday night, May 13. The Moon will hover next to the...
Conjunctionitis: The Moon and Jupiter Get Close May 7
For the next few days, the sky offers a cool and easy spectacle that requires no astronomy...
Planet Jupiter at Its Brightest in April
This week, the waning gibbous Moon rises an hour later each night, leaving the first part of each...
Venus Brightest in February: See Your Shadow by Venus Light
Dazzling Venus is getting even brighter in February! And “dazzling” is no exaggeration. The evening...
Don't Miss Venus in the Evening Sky This Month
Don’t miss beautiful planet Venus dazzling in the evening sky this month. It’s that bright “star”...
Venus, Planet of Paradox
Sister planet. Nearest neighbor. Goddess of love. How appealing the planet Venus sounds! But the...
Don't-Miss Triangle: Moon, Saturn, and Mars
Tonight or on your first clear night, face south between 8:30 and 9:00 PM. You’ll see a striking...
Saturn Closest to Earth June 2016
Planet Saturn is at its best this June, 2016. as it comes closest to Earth. It’s easy to find,...
Blue Moon Meets the Red Planet
The Blue Moon meets the Red Planet—just as it comes closest to Earth—on May 21, 2016. Get ready for...
Rare Transit of Mercury
Astronomers have been ranting and raving about the upcoming Transit of Mercury, on Monday, May 9. ...
Winners Propose Name for Planet Nine!
The Old Farmer’s Almanac sponsored a fun contest to name that elusive Planet Nine. For your...
See Planet Mercury!
April 2016 is the year’s best time to see planet Mercury as an evening star. It’s strangely...
Suffering From Conjunction-itis
Let me prove how easy and fun astronomy can be. And how dramatic. All you need is a mostly clear...
The Planet Mars, Earth's Neighbor
Named after the Roman god of war, the planet Mars was probably associated with the deity Mars...
Sky Maps (Star Charts): November 2015
Find your way around the night sky! Below is a free sky map for NOVEMBER 2015 as well as a...
Spectacle at Dawn
Can I convince you to wake up just before dawn? What if I tell you it’s the greatest planetary...
Sunrise & Sunset Calculator
Sunrise, sunset, Moon rise and moon set for locations in the U.S. and Canada. For the Sun we...
Neptune: The Other Blue Planet
This week, planet Neptune hovers at its nearest to Earth for the whole year. This giant blue gas...
Jupiter gets a Close-up
We are going to jump ship here and head back toward Earth for a close-up on Jupiter. Exploring...
Santa's Dilemma: When North Poles Shift or Disappear
Even as Arctic air is freezing us this December, the North Pole is moving farther away! If you...
Shifty Poles: When Magnetic Poles Flip
When most people think of the North Pole, they think of Santa Claus and his workshop of jolly elves...
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