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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 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 for August 2020
Look up! The month of August ends with the waxing Moon meeting giant planets Jupiter and Saturn in...
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 for March 2020
Here’s the March 2020 guide to the night sky. Watch three bright planets and the crescent Moon come...
Night Sky for February 2020
Here’s the February 2020 Guide to the Bright Planets from The Old Farmer’s Almanac. This month,...
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...
Night Sky for November 2019
Welcome to the Sky Watch for November 2019. Here is your guide to see the bright planets and other...
Night Sky for November 2019
The highlight for our November 2019 Sky Watch is the Venus and Jupiter Conjunction on November 24. ...
Night Sky for October 2019
Welcome to the Sky Watch for October 2019. Jupiter and Saturn dominate the night for all to see—...
Night Sky for September 2019
Welcome to the Sky Watch for September 2019. Jupiter and Saturn can be found in the sky at...
Night Sky for August 2019
Welcome to the Sky Watch for August 2019. Bright Jupiter and Saturn are wonderfully positioned this...
Night Sky for July 2019
Welcome to the Sky Watch for July 2019. This month, see Jupiter and Saturn shine all night long....
Tonight, See Saturn Near the Moon in the Night Sky!
In June 2019, the Moon pairs up with three planets, while planets meet other planets! Next up:...
Night Sky for May 2019
Welcome the Almanac Sky Watch for May 2019! We’re here to help backyard stargazers navigate the...
Night Sky for April 2019
Welcome the Almanac Sky Watch for April 2019! We’re here to help backyard stargazers navigate the...
Night Sky for March 2019
Welcome the Almanac Sky Watch for March 2019! We’re here to help backyard stargazers navigate the...
Night Sky for February 2019
Sky Watch February 2019 by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac In February,...
Night Sky for January 2019
The new year kicks off with a total eclipse of the Moon on January 20–21, 2019. Here are highlights...
December 2018 Night Sky Guide
Which planets can be seen in the night sky? In the Sky Watch for December 2018, Bob Berman...
Why Go to Mars? Water, Life, and Exploration
Mars is brilliant at dinnertime. In mid-autumn, Mars is one of the sky’s brightest objects between...
November 2018 Night Sky Guide
Mid-November, the Moon pairs up with Saturn and Mars. Venus gets brighter. And another meteor...
October 2018 Night Sky Guide
Here are highlights of the October 2018 night sky! We’ll help you spot bright planets, meteor...
Moon Meets Four Planets September 11 to 19
Over the upcoming days, see the Moon visit four bright planets–for the last great conjunctions of...
Mars at Opposition 2018 | The Red Planet’s Close Approach
We’re about to see one of the truly great sky events of 2018. First, Mars’ best opposition in 15...
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 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...
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...
The Planet Mars, Earth's Neighbor
Named after the Roman god of war, the planet Mars was probably associated with the deity Mars...