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Top Space Events of 2021!
The Best Sky Watching...
Welcome to 2021—a year full of spectacular astronomical events! What stargazing and sky watching events should you keep an eye out for? Here are our top picks of the year,...
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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...
Noctilucent Clouds: They Come From Outer Space!
They’re back! It’s noctilucent cloud season! Every summer, eerie electric-blue clouds ripple across...
Night Sky for June 2020
Welcome to the Almanac Sky Watch for June 2020. This month, we say goodbye to nightime Venus;...
A Salute to "Yankee Doodle"
Not many are aware that the melody for “Yankee Doodle” was once upon a time (as far back as...
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,”...
The Moon Illusion: Why Does the Moon Look So Big Tonight?
Who hasn’t turned down a road to confront a low, horizon-hugging Moon that seems absolutely...
Full Moon for June 2020
The full Strawberry Moon rises on Friday, June 5, 2020! Find out why June’s full Moon is called the...
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Friday: So What Is This, Anyway?
On Friday, June 5, the Moon will pass through the edge of Earth’s shadow, resulting in a “penumbral...
What Is a New Moon?
For astronomers, a new Moon means no Moon! For many cultures, however, the new Moon carries special...
Night Sky for May 2020
Here’s the May 2020 guide to the night sky! During this month, all 5 bright planets are visible—two...
What is Earthshine?
Ever noticed that you can sometimes see the part of the Moon that isn’t lit up? That’s earthshine...
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...
Full Moon for May 2020
May’s full Moon rises on Thursday, May 7! This full Moon will be the last of the three supermoons...
Night Sky Map for May 2020: Asterisms
Welcome to the Night Sky Map for May 2020! This month, learn about asterisms, which are unofficial...
How to Design a Moon Garden
A Moon garden can be enjoyed from dusk to dark—by the light of the Moon! We’ll show you how to plan...
Venus At Brightest in Years in Late April
April 27, 2020 (EDT), or April 28, 2020 (UT), is officially the planet’s brightest evening in years...
As Comet ATLAS Fizzles, Comet SWAN Arrives
What’s the most spectacular sky object? A bright comet is certainly on my top-five list. A few...
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...
What on Earth is Epact?
Here’s a little something deliciously arcane for those who long for the “simplicity” of life before...
Full Moon for April 2020
April’s full Moon rises on the night of Tuesday, April 7. Traditionally called the Pink Moon, this...
Why The Harvest Moon Appears to Shine On—For Days!
Let’s set the record straight about the Harvest Moon . It’s not bigger than other full Moons. It’s...
April "Pink" Supermoon: Brightest of 2020
This year, the nearest (and, thus biggest and brighest) supermoon of the year rises on April 7–8....
Night Sky for April 2020
Here’s the April 2020 guide to the night sky. See Bob Berman’s viewing tips to enjoy the night ...
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...
Full Moon for March 2020
March’s full Worm Moon will be a supermoon! Here’s all you need to know about the full Worm Moon—...
Full Worm Moon: March
What is the Full Worm Moon? Why is it called the Worm Moon? Are are there worms on the Moon? (Just...
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...
Stargazing with Orion in March
During the month of March, the most widely recognized constellation at nightfall is Orion, standing...
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...
Spring 2020: The Earliest Spring in Over 100 Years
The rumors are true. It’s the earliest spring of your life. Spring, marked by the vernal equinox,...
The Captivating Crescent Moon
The captivating crescent may be the Moon’s most fascinating phase. Why is the crescent Moon...
Venus and Mercury Together: It’s Now Easy to See the Smallest Planet
Mercury is now an evening star hovering at its most prominent position of 2020. It’s definitely...
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,...