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What is a Blue Moon?
When is the next Blue Moon? And exactly what is a Blue Moon? There’s some confusion about this...
Sky Map (Star Chart): April 2018
Look up with the April 2018 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky. On...
Vernal Equinox Oddities
This year, the vernal equinox falls on Tuesday, March 20. Are day and night equal today? Does the...
Spring Equinox 2018: The First Day of Spring
The spring equinox (also called the March equinox or vernal equinox) falls on Tuesday, March 20,...
Happy Pi Day 2018, My Friends!
On Wednesday, March 14 (3/14), Pi Day is celebrated. It’s the sort of holiday only celebrated by...
2018 Spring Weather Forecast
Winter is nearly over, which means that spring is just around the corner! What kind of weather can...
Sky Map (Star Chart): March 2018
Look up with the March 2018 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky. On...
The Year's Best Conjunction is Sunday, March 18
An unusual thing happens Sunday evening at 7:30 P.M.—a beautiful meeting of the three closest...
What's the Brightest Star in the Sky Tonight?
Who hasn’t heard of the Dog Star, Sirius? It’s the brightest star in the sky. Right now, it’s at...
Sky Watch: March 2018
Welcome to the March 2018 Sky Watch! See what to look for in the night sky tonight, including...
Full Worm Moon: March
What is the Full Worm Moon? In this video, we explain what the Worm Moon means—plus, fun facts...
A New Star in the Night Sky in 2022
A star is born! If you’ve followed my column, you may recall me saying that a new star will appear...
Planet Spectacle: The Show Will Start Soon
This year will indeed be extraordinary for planets. We will see one of the closest approaches of...
How Does the Moon Affect Our Bodies?
In mid-February, the Moon returns to the evening sky. This brings up an ancient puzzle: How does...
So You Want to Buy a Telescope?
Since Galileo—one of the first people on Earth to have aimed a telescope at the heavens—millions of...
Full Moon for February 2019
The Full Moon for February 2019 rises on the 19th. Traditionally, this Moon was called the Full...
Full Moon Names
Native Americans’ Full Moon names were created to help different tribes track the seasons. Think of...
Sky Watch: February 2018
Welcome to the February 2018 Sky Watch! See what to look for in the night sky tonight, including...
Groundhog Day and Shadow Fun
Groundhog Day. Just a bizarre tradition involving rodents? Or, rather, marmots? Actually, Groundhog...
A Supermoon, Blue Moon, and Lunar Eclipse on January 31
Heard about this “Super Blue Blood Moon” on January 31? Let’s break this down: That’s a Supermoon,...
Stars Crowd Around the Moon This Weekend
Easy astronomy? Deep, profound, cool stuff with no pain? That’s this weekend. On the evenings of...
Full Moon for January 2019
The Full Moon for January 2019 rises on the 21st. Traditionally, this Moon was called the Full Wolf...
Sky Map (Star Chart): February 2018
Look up with the February 2018 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky....
Orion the Hunter: Easy to View in the Winter Sky
We’re in a period of dark, moonless, evening skies, so let’s do some old-fashioned stargazing, and...
Baby, It's Cold Outside
It’s been a cold meteorological winter so far, and the northeastern states hit their very coldest...
Sky Watch: January 2018
Welcome to the January 2018 Sky Watch! See what to look for in the night sky tonight, including...
Meteor Shower Calendar 2018
When is the next meteor shower? See the Almanac’s 2018 Meteor Showers Calendar for the dates of all...
Setting Chicken Eggs by the Moon's Sign
Setting chicken eggs by the Moon? Here are best days to set eggs for 2018. According to tradition,...
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...
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...
Can You Really Name a Star?
Maybe you’ve heard those radio commercials. The announcer says, “If you’re looking for a perfect...
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...
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