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When is the Darkest Day of Winter?
The darkest afternoon—our earliest sunset—is upon us. For most of us, the darkest day of winter...
Night Sky for November 2020
Welcome to the Sky Watch for November 2020. See the Moon and orange Mars on Wednesday, November 25...
Winter Solstice 2020: The First Day of Winter
The winter solstice is Monday, December 21, 2020. This is the astronomical first day of winter in...
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...
What Are Solar Cycles, and How Do They Affect Weather?
What are solar cycles and sunspots—and what causes them? Here at The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we...
First Day of Spring 2021: The Spring Equinox
In 2021, the spring equinox occurs on Saturday, March 20. This event marks the astronomical first...
Summer Solstice 2020: The First Day of Summer
In 2021, the June solstice occurs on Sunday, June 20, marking the start of summer in the Northern...
Night Sky for October
Welcome to the Almanac’s Sky Watch for October 2020. Mars is at its most visible and brightest....
6 Ancient Sites Aligned With the Solstice and Equinox
Across time, people have marked the changes of seasons—sometimes in dramatic ways! Here are six...
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...
The Misunderstood Equinox
Can you balance an egg on the autumnal equinox? Does the Sun rise due east and set due west for all...
Autumnal Equinox 2020: The First Day of Fall
In 2020, the autumnal equinox—also called the September equinox or fall equinox—arrives on Tuesday...
Solar Cycle 25 Has Begun!
Solar Cycle 25 is official under way as of September, 2020. Following a weak Solar Cycle 24, what...
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...
When Do the Seasons Start in 2020?
When do all of the four seasons—fall, winter, spring, and summer—start and end? Find your equinox...
Heat Waves: 10 Tips for Extreme Heat Safety
There’s hot summer weather—and then there are heat waves. Much like other natural disasters, heat...
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...
It's Not the Heat, It's the Humidity!
In most of the Northern Hemisphere, July is the hottest month. But when folks grumble about feeling...
Home Remedies for Sunburn Relief & Treatment
Here are 20 remedies for sunburn relief and treatment. If you have a minor sunburn (where the skin...
Night Sky for July 2020
Welcome to the Almanac’s Sky Watch for July 2020. Plan ahead for the top stargazing sights of the...
Greatest Celestial Events in History
Let’s look back at some of the truly incredible celestial events in history! From the 1878 solar...
The Dog Days of Summer
The “Dog Days” of summer last from July 3 to August 11. What are the Dog Days, exactly? The ancient...
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...
7 Facts About the June Solstice
If you ask friends what happens on the summer solstice (this Saturday), they’re likely to say it’s...
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,”...
Midsummer Day 2020: Why (and How) is Midsummer Celebrated?
Are you familiar with Midsummer Day (traditionally June 24)? Here’s why it is called “Midsummer,”...
Closest Black Hole to Earth Discovered
“Closest black hole” is the astro-news this past week. And let’s briefly explore it, just so you...
5 Ways to Protect Plants from Summer Heat
Extreme summer heat can be as exhausting for our plants as it is for us, but you can make life...
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...
Vernal Equinox Oddities
On the spring equinox, does the Sun rise due east and set due west? Are day and night equal? Bob...
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...
Easter and the Paschal Full Moon
Did you know that the date of Easter—April 12 this year—is tied to the full Moon and the March...
How to Find Sirius, the Dog Star
Who hasn’t heard of the Dog Star, Sirius? It’s the brightest star in the sky in late winter and...
Night Sky for March 2020
Here’s the March 2020 guide to the night sky. Watch three bright planets and the crescent Moon come...
Signs of Spring From the Sky
What are signs of spring in the sky? Perhaps you’ve noticed the earlier sunrises. Let’s observe a...
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,...
Groundhog Day and Shadow Fun
Groundhog Day. Just a bizarre tradition involving rodents? Or, rather, marmots? Actually, Groundhog...