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The Star of Bethlehem
Was the Star of Bethlehem a real celestial body or a miraculous vision? Astronomer Bob Berman...
What Star is Directly Overhead?
Look straight up at a star—and see where you are heading! Something very cool is overhead. Next...
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...
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 September 2020
Welcome to the Sky Watch for September 2020. Wonders abound! It’s an easy month for viewing the...
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...
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,”...
Night Sky Map for May 2020: Asterisms
Welcome to the Night Sky Map for May 2020! This month, learn about asterisms, which are unofficial...
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 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...
Stargazing with Orion in March
During the month of March, the most widely recognized constellation at nightfall is Orion, standing...
Night Sky for March 2020
Here’s the March 2020 guide to the night sky. Watch three bright planets and the crescent Moon come...
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...
Orion the Hunter Reigns in the Winter Sky
All of Orion’s stars are easy to spot in the winter sky. We’re in a period of dark, moonless,...
Night Sky for January 2020
Venus dominates in January, a fiery beacon at nightfall. At the end of the month (January 27 and 28...
Bright Sirius is the New Year Star
Want a cosmic way to ring in the New Year? On New Year’s Eve, the brightest star visible from our...
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
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. ...
Sky Map: November 2019
Let’s show some appreciation for the Moon this month. Watch it as it moves across the night sky ...
The Seven Sisters at Halloween
It’s an annual autumn ritual: The reappearance of the glorious Seven Sisters. During Halloween week...
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’...
Sky Map: September 2019
The Autumnal Equinox is upon us! Look up for some wonderful fall stargazing. Here’s viewing...
View the Milky Way Galaxy at Its Best
Want to experience the kind of cosmic panorama seen under the opening credits of Star Wars? You’re...
Night Sky for September 2019
Welcome to the Sky Watch for September 2019. Jupiter and Saturn can be found in the sky at...
Sky Map: August 2019
Spot the elusive planet Mercury in the east before sunrise! It’s a rare opportunity to get a...
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....
Sky Map: July 2019
The sky map for July 2019 depicts the night sky on the Fourth of July! After the fireworks die down...
Sky Map: June 2019
The sky map for June 2019 depicts the eastern sky on the first night of summer (Friday, June 21)—...
Sky Map: May 2019
Stargazing is typically a relaxing evening pursuit at the conclusion of a busy day. But the stars...
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...
Sky Map: April 2019
In Earth’s Northern Hemisphere, April is the month when the world awakes from its long winter sleep...