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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
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Four Planets Meet in the October 2015 Night Sky!
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Night Sky Map for November 2020: Constellations in The Water
Welcome to the November Sky Map! When you look to the south on November evenings, your view of the...
Mercury Retrograde Dates for 2020
Mercury’s last period of retrograde motion in 2020 lasts from October 14 to November 3! According...
Mars Opposition 2020: Closest and Brightest Until 2035!
At last, Mars’s great opposition is upon us—October 13, 2020! This week, the Red Planet will appear...
Night Sky for October
Welcome to the Almanac’s Sky Watch for October 2020. Mars is at its most visible and brightest....
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...
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....
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,...
Night Sky for August 2020
Look up! The month of August ends with the waxing Moon meeting giant planets Jupiter and Saturn in...
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...
Jupiter and Saturn at Their Brightest in July
Both Jupiter and Saturn will be big and bright in July, 2020! Next up is Saturn is at “opposition”...
Night Sky for July 2020
Welcome to the Almanac’s Sky Watch for July 2020. Plan ahead for the top stargazing sights of the...
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,”...
Planet Rise & Set Calculator
When will the planets be visible tonight? Use our Planet Rise and Set Calculator to find out when...
Night Sky for May 2020
Here’s the May 2020 guide to the night sky! During this month, all 5 bright planets are visible—two...
Night Sky Map for May 2020: Asterisms
Welcome to the Night Sky Map for May 2020! This month, learn about asterisms, which are unofficial...
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...
Night Sky for April 2020
Here’s the April 2020 guide to the night sky. See Bob Berman’s viewing tips to enjoy the night ...
Sunrise & Sunset Calculator
What time does the Sun set tonight? Use our Sunrise & Sunset Tool to find out when the Sun,...
Night Sky Map for March 2020: The Big Dipper
Welcome to the Night Sky Map for March 2020! This month, we focus on “pointers” in the sky to help...
Night Sky for March 2020
Here’s the March 2020 guide to the night sky. Watch three bright planets and the crescent Moon come...
Venus and Mercury Together: It’s Now Easy to See the Smallest Planet
Mercury is now an evening star hovering at its most prominent position of 2020. It’s definitely...
Sky Map for February
There is no brighter constellation in the night sky than Orion, the Hunter. And there is no better...
Night Sky for February 2020
Here’s the February 2020 Guide to the Bright Planets from The Old Farmer’s Almanac. This month,...
Sky Map for January
Our January 2020 Sky Map hones in on the best of the month’s night sky—with accompanying text—so it...
Night Sky for January 2020
Venus dominates in January, a fiery beacon at nightfall. At the end of the month (January 27 and 28...
What Are Perihelion and Aphelion?
Earth reaches at its closest approach to the Sun near midnight on January 4–5, 2020. We call this...
Night Sky for December 2019
Here is the Sky Watch for the December 2019 night sky. This month brings a Venus–Saturn conjunction...
Sky Map: December 2019
Our December 2019 Sky Map highlights the December 10 Venus–Saturn conjunction! See a star chart...
Night Sky for November 2019
The highlight for our November 2019 Sky Watch is the Venus and Jupiter Conjunction on November 24. ...
Crescent Moon and Jupiter Meet-Up Halloween Night
This week’s crescent Moon is extra special. On Halloween night, October 31, see the brightest “star...
Sky Map: November 2019
Let’s show some appreciation for the Moon this month. Watch it as it moves across the night sky ...
The Moons of the Solar System: Which is Your Favorite?
With this month’s discovery of 20 more moons on Saturn, let’s pause and consider the many marvelous...
Fascinating Facts About Saturn
Did you know that Saturn, the sixth planet from the Sun, is named after an ancient Roman god? Here...
Night Sky for October 2019
Welcome to the Sky Watch for October 2019. Jupiter and Saturn dominate the night for all to see—...
Sky Map: October 2019
In October, the night sky contains eight well-known star patterns visible in the early evening. We’...