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Vernal Equinox Oddities
The vernal equinox occurs on Tuesday, March 20, but what really happens in the sky on this day? And does the date of spring change? Learn about the March equinox from Almanac...
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Sky Map (Star Chart): January 2018
Look up with the January 2018 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky. On...
The First Day of Winter: Winter Solstice 2017
Winter officially begins with the Winter Solstice on Thursday, December 21, 2017. This is the...
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...
Can You Really Name a Star?
Maybe you’ve heard those radio commercials. The announcer says, “If you’re looking for a perfect...
Full Moon for October 2018
When is the Full Moon for October 2018? Find dates—plus, why it’s called the Full Hunter’s Moon,...
Full Moon for November 2018
When is the Full Moon for November 2018? See our November Moon Guide—all about the Full Beaver Moon...
Full Moon for December 2017
The Full Cold Moon rises on December 3, 2017! It’s a “Supermoon”—appearing bigger and brighter ...
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...
Sky Watch: December 2017
Welcome to the December 2017 Sky Watch! See what to look for in the night sky tonight, including...
Sky Map (Star Chart): December 2017
Look up with the December 2017 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky....
Geminid Meteor Shower 2017
In 2017, the famous Geminid meteor shower will put on a fantastic show! After being washed out by...
Ode to Kerosene: It Took Us to the Moon
In some rural areas, folks heat their homes with oil. Some buy kerosene, especially in the coldest...
Get Ready for Fabulous Shooting Stars
Much attention is being paid to the Leonid meteor shower, which peaks in the wee hours before dawn...
Sky Watch: November 2017
Welcome to the November 2017 Sky Watch! See what to look for in the night sky tonight, including...
Halloween Moon | What's the Moon Phase This Halloween?
Ever noticed that Halloween pictures always show a full Moon? But how often does the full Moon fall...
Sky Map (Star Chart): November 2017
Look up with the November 2017 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky....
The Seven Sisters at Halloween
It’s an annual autumn ritual: The reappearance of the glorious Seven Sisters. During Halloween’s...
Sky Map (Star Chart): October 2017
Look up with the October 2017 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky. On...
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...
What Is a Harvest Moon?
In 2017, the Harvest Moon falls in October. When is the Harvest Moon and why is it so special?...
Full Moon for September 2018
Learn about the Full Moon for September 2018—the Full Corn Moon—plus, see Moon phase dates, Best...
The Far Side of the Moon
We never see the far side of the Moon or what some people call the dark side of the Moon. Do you...
Fall Foliage Map 2017
See our new fall foliage map for peak times across America. Help us add to this foliage map with...
Sky Watch: October 2017
Welcome to the October 2017 Sky Watch! See what to look for in the night sky tonight, including...
Perseid Meteor Shower
The Perseid meteor shower is one of the greatest meteor shower events of the year. Read on to learn...
Woolly Bear Caterpillars and Weather Prediction
The woolly bear caterpillar—also called woolly worm and fuzzy worm—has the reputation of being able...
Autumnal Equinox 2018: First Day of Fall
The autumnal equinox or September equinox next falls on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Here’s...
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...
When Will the Moon Rise Tonight?
A common lunar puzzle involves finding when the moon will rise tonight. Learn how to find the time...
A Perfect Time to See Saturn
On Tuesday evening, September 26, look at the Moon at nightfall, around 8:00 PM. A star dangles...
Full Moon and Good Luck
Can the Moon change your luck? According to Moon folklore, in many cases it brings good luck. But...
Full Moon for June 2018
Learn more about the Full Moon for June 2018. Why is it called the Strawberry Moon? When is the...
Full Moon for July 2018
Learn about the Full Moon for July 2018—the Full Buck Moon—plus, see the best days by the Moon,...
Full Moon for August 2018
The Full Sturgeon Moon rises! Learn more about the full Moon for August 2018—including Moon phase...
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...
Why Water Is So Amazing and Unique
It’s hard not to appreciate water, despite it being the most common compound in the cosmos. Besides...
Save Those Eclipse Glasses!
If a total solar eclipse is the grandest celestial spectacle, then a good display of the Northern...
Man in the Moon?
We often speak of seeing “the man in the Moon.” Indeed, an image of a face seems to be imposed on...
Myths About the Moon
Have you ever seen the “Man in the Moon”? Many of us today grew up seeing a face in the Moon, and...
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