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June 2019: Mercury, Jupiter, Mars, and More Planets Pair Up!
During the first two week of June, the sky goes crazy. The Moon will meet three planets, while...
Night Sky for June 2019
Welcome the Almanac Sky Watch for June 2019! We’re here to help backyard stargazers navigate the...
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...
What are Perihelion and Aphelion?
The Earth is closest to the Sun—or, at the perihelion—about 2 weeks after the December Solstice ...
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 still brilliant at dinnertime—just as the latest InSight probe has begun sending us...
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...
Sky Watch: September 2018
Welcome to your September 2018 Sky Watch. We’ll help you spot the best night sky events of...
Sky Watch: August 2018
Welcome to your August 2018 Sky Watch! We’ll help you spot the best night sky events of June,...
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...
Sky Watch: July 2018
Welcome to your July 2018 Sky Watch! We’ll help you spot the best night sky events of June,...
Sky Watch: June 2018
Welcome to your June 2018 Sky Watch! We’ll help you spot the best night sky events of June,...
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...
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