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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...
First Day of Spring 2019: The Spring Equinox
In 2019, spring equinox (also called the March equinox or vernal equinox) falls on Wednesday, March...
Vernal Equinox Oddities
This year, the vernal equinox falls on Wednesday, March 20. Are day and night equal on this day?...
What Are the Northern Lights?
The aurora borealis (or northern lights) is one of nature’s most dazzling events. Shimmering...
When Do the Seasons Start in 2019-2020?
When do the seasons—winter, spring, summer, and fall—start? Here are your equinox and solstice...
Night Sky for March 2019
Welcome the Almanac Sky Watch for March 2019! We’re here to help backyard stargazers navigate the...
Winter Solstice 2019: The First Day of Winter
Winter officially begins with the Winter Solstice on Saturday, December 21, 2019. This is the...
Signs of Spring in the Night Sky!
Once spring is under way, nature lovers can find it hard to keep up with the rapid day-to-day...
How Does the Solar Cycle Affect Weather?
Here at the Almanac, we have long believed that the Sun’s weather cycles—called “solar cycles” or “...
Sky Map: March 2019
The Big Dipper is more than just a fan-favorite constellation! Using it as an anchor point, you can...
Night Sky for February 2019
Sky Watch February 2019 by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac In February,...
Sky Map: February 2019
Are you a stargazer? We’ll be your guide. The night sky for February 2019 showcases some awesome...
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...
Sky Map: January 2019
Look up! Our printable sky map for January 2019 helps you navigate the stars and constellations! ...
Full Moon on The Winter Solstice
Since 1793, when the Almanac began tracking heavenly events and seasonal changes, the Moon has been...
Winter Solstice 2018 Brings a Full Moon and Meteor Shower!
Winter solstice 2018 brings a wonderful weekend of night sky wonders—a full Moon, a meteor shower,...
December 2018 Night Sky Guide
Which planets can be seen in the night sky? In the Sky Watch for December 2018, Bob Berman...
What Exactly is Twilight? The Three Different Types
Twilight. The word evokes gorgeous colors. But what exactly is twilight? And did you know that...
Sky Map (Star Chart): December 2018
See this printable sky map for December to navigate the skies! This December, the Moon serves as a...
Sky Map (Star Chart): December 2018
See this printable sky map for December 2018 to navigate the skies! This month, we let the Moon...
When Is the Darkest Time of the Year?
Did you know that early December is when the darkest days of the year occur? It’s a major winter...
November 2018 Night Sky Guide
Mid-November, the Moon pairs up with Saturn and Mars. Venus gets brighter. And another meteor...
How to See Orion: The Hunter Constellation
In December, many people start to notice Orion the Hunter in the night sky. It’s one of the most...
Summer Solstice 2019: First Day of Summer
The timing of the June solstice—or, summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere—varies between June...
Autumnal Equinox 2019: The First Day of Fall
In 2019, the autumnal equinox—also called the September equinox—will arrive on September 23 in...
Sky Map (Star Chart): November 2018
See this printable sky map for November 2018 to navigate the skies! This month, what is the ...
October 2018 Night Sky Guide
Here are highlights of the October 2018 night sky! We’ll help you spot bright planets, meteor...
Sky Map (Star Chart): October 2018
See this printable sky map for October to navigate the skies and look for Camelopardalis and...
Sky Watch: September 2018
Welcome to your September 2018 Sky Watch. We’ll help you spot the best night sky events of...
Sky Map (Star Chart): September 2018
See this printable sky map for September to navigate the skies and look for Algol, the “Demon Star...
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...
Sky Map (Star Chart): August 2018
See this printable sky map for August to navigate the skies on the night of the great Perseid...
The Old, Misunderstood Equinox
Can you balance an egg on the equinox? Are days and nights truly equal? Bob separates autumnal...
The Influence of Solar Activity on Weather
What is the influence of solar activity on the weather? Dr. Richard Head, a former weather...
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 Eclipse Versus Partial Eclipse: What's the Difference?
Not all solar eclipses are the same. A total solar eclipse is a very different experience than a...
Sky Watch: August 2018
Welcome to your August 2018 Sky Watch! We’ll help you spot the best night sky events of June,...
Next Total Solar Eclipse
When is the next total solar eclipse? See our dates when the total eclipse of the Sun is visible...
Some Like It Hot! Best Vegetables to Grow in the Heat
A week-long heat wave and a recent question—concerning what green beans to grow in a hot climate—...
Total Solar Eclipses: How Often Do They Happen?
On August 21, 2017, people in a large swath of North America had the opportunity to view a total...
Sky Map (Star Chart): July 2018
Look up with the July 2018 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky. On...
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...
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