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First Day of Seasons 2017
Find equinox and solstice dates for 2017 and 2018—specifically, the March equinox, the June...
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...
First Day of Winter 2017: The Winter Solstice
In 2017, winter begins with the solstice on Thursday, December 21. This is the astronomical first...
Autumnal Equinox 2018: First Day of Fall
The autumnal equinox or September equinox next falls on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Here’s...
Sky Map (Star Chart): October 2017
Look up with the October 2018 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky. On...
Navigating the Night Sky
The wonder of the universe is at your fingertips! Here is how you can use the Almanac to help...
The Cooling Effect of the Sun
As Earth continues to warm, lower solar radiation may ease the heat’s impact—temporarily. Let’s...
Sky Map (Star Chart): September 2017
Look up with the September 2017 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky....
The Old, Misunderstood Equinox
The autumnal equinox occurs on Friday afternoon, the 22nd, at 4:02 P.M. The reason for the equinox...
Space Weather: Sunspots, Solar Flares, and Solar Activity
We have long believed that solar activity can influence weather here on Earth. We are now in Solar...
Save Those Eclipse Glasses!
If a total solar eclipse is the grandest celestial spectacle, then a good display of the Northern...
Total Solar Eclipse or Partial Eclipse: Which Will You See?
A total solar eclipse will sweep across the continent on August 21, 2017. However, most of us will...
Observing the Total Eclipse: What to Look For
Lately, several people have asked me what exactly to look for during a total solar eclipse. So if...
Total Solar Eclipse 2017 Guide and Map
Ready for the Great American Eclipse? We present The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Guide by Almanac...
Solar Eclipse Folklore, Myths, and Superstitions
Here at the The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we do love our folklore and mythology—and there’s nothing...
Total Solar Eclipses: How Often Do They Happen?
On August 21, 2017, people in a large swath of North America will have the opportunity to view a...
Greatest Eclipses and Sky Events in History
From the 1878 solar eclipse with Thomas Edison to the purple Moon of 1950, enjoy some of the most...
Heat Waves: 10 Tips for Extreme Heat Safety
What do you do when a heat wave hits? This summer has brought some record-breaking summer...
Star Vega Shines Bright Overhead on July Nights
Away from city lights in mid-July, one could see as many as 2,500 naked eye stars. But only one...
Planning for the Total Solar Eclipse 2017
For the first time in nearly four decades, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the mainland...
Summer Solstice 2018: First Day of Summer
The timing of the June solstice—or, summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere—varies between June...
What Are The Dog Days of Summer?
What are the “Dog Days of Summer”—and when are they? The answer might surprise you. Enjoy this...
Sky Map (Star Chart): July 2017
Look up with the July 2017 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky. On...
7 Facts About the June Solstice
This year, the June solstice falls on two different days: Wednesday, the 21st, for those in Eastern...
Spring Equinox 2018: First Day of Spring
Celebrate the spring equinox 2018! Here are equinox dates, fun facts, and folklore about the first...
Sky Map (Star Chart): June 2017
Look up with the June 2017 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky. On...
UV Index Chart: Time to Burn
The UV Index chart tells you how quickly you will burn your skin without protection so that you can...
Home Remedies for Sunburn Relief & Treatment
Here are 20 home remedies for sunburn relief and treatment. If you have a minor sunburn (where the...
A Better Way to Visualize the Seasons
We’ve grown up with four seasons. But they don’t always match what we experience. What about...
Sky Map (Star Chart): May 2017
Look up with the May 2017 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky. On...
Sky Map (Star Chart): April 2017
Look up with the April 2017 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky. On...
March Equinox Oddities
Monday 20 brings the spring equinox. If this date surprises you because you associate vernal...
Spring 2017 Weather Outlook (U.S.)
What’s in store for spring weather? Here’s your Spring 2017 Weather Outlook—and also get your FREE ...
Aurora: Nature's Light Show
The aurora borealis or northern lights is one of nature’s most dazzling events. Shimmering curtains...
Sky Map (Star Chart): March 2017
Look up with the March 2017 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky. On...
Sky Map (Star Chart): February 2017
Look up with the February 2017 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky....
Sky Map (Star Chart): January 2017
Look up with the January 2017 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky. On...
Sunspots: What are sunspots?
The Old Farmer’s Almanac uses sunspot activity to help in making its weather predictions. What are...
See which eclipses will be visible across North America.
Sky Map (Star Chart): December 2016
Look up! This sky map for December 2016 will help you navigate the stars and constellations in the...
The Darkest Time of the Year
These are our darkest afternoons. But, surprise! For most of us, Thursday, December 8, will bring...
Sky Map (Star Chart): November 2016
Our sky map for November 2016 is a free and printable star chart to see stars and constellations in...
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