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Night Sky for February 2019
Sky Watch February 2019 by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac In February,...
Is Pluto a Planet?
When many of us were kids, Pluto was the ninth planet of our solar system. So there was some...
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...
First Dawn of 2019: Three Planets and Moon Align
Want to welcome 2019 in grand style? So happens, the year begins with an eye-catching celestial...
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...
Where in Space Are We Headed?
Want to be amazed? Look skyward on the next clear night. With your own eyes, you’ll be able to see...
A Rainbow of Planets: Four Planets in a Line!
Mars remains blazingly brilliant in the night sky. The real draw now is that it’s part of a rare...
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...
Planet Venus: 10 Fun Facts
Discover 10 amazing facts about planet Venus, our neighbor! We call her sister planet, goddess of...
Fourth of July Planets: A Parade of Worlds
On Independence Day, the same scene will be repeated around the country. Crowds will gather as...
Saturn at Its Brightest—Next to the Full Strawberry Moon on Wednesday
It’s a truly extraordinary conjunction. Saturn reaches opposition—shining at its biggest and...
Venus, Planet of Paradox
Sister planet. Nearest neighbor. Goddess of love. How appealing the planet Venus sounds! But the...
Jupiter at Opposition | Closest Approach to Earth
This is Jupiter month! On the night of May 8–9, the Giant Planet will be at its brightest for the...
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...
Planet Spectacle: The Show Will Start Soon
This year will indeed be extraordinary for planets. We will see one of the closest approaches of...
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...
Water Shouldn't be Wet! Why Water's Amazing
Water shouldn’t really be wet! It shouldn’t be liquid. It should be a gas. After all, all other...
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”...
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...