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Top 2020 Astronomy Events!
The Best Sky Watching...
The year 2020 promises some unusually fine celestial fireworks. Here are the top most noteworthy night sky events to look forward to: three amazing meteor showers (not washed...
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Keeping Your Plants Alive in Hot Weather
If your vegetable gardening is struggling in hot weather, we’ll show you how to help your stressed...
Night Sky for August 2019
Welcome to the Sky Watch for August 2019. Bright Jupiter and Saturn are wonderfully positioned this...
What is a Black Moon?
Much media hype surrounds Moon names, such as “Blood Moon” and “Blue Moon,” but have you ever heard...
Two Fishermen Who Rowed to Europe!
In 1896, two intrepid—or crazy—fishermen once set out to do the impossible: row across the Atlantic...
How to See Saturn While It's At Its Brightest
In this age of hype, Saturn remains one of the true show-stoppers. But, as with Earthly affairs,...
Meteroids, Meteors, and Meteorites: What’s the Difference?
What are the differences between an asteroid, meteoroid, meteor, and meteorite? And how do you find...
The Dog Days of Summer
What are the “Dog Days of Summer”—and when are they? The origin of this common phrase might...
Heat Waves: 10 Tips for Extreme Heat Safety
There’s hot summer weather—and then there are heat waves. Much like other natural disasters, heat...
Night Sky for July 2019
Welcome to the Sky Watch for July 2019. This month, see Jupiter and Saturn shine all night long....
Sky Map: July 2019
The sky map for July 2019 depicts the night sky on the Fourth of July! After the fireworks die down...
The Full Moon: July
This month, learn about the Full Buck Moon—and why July is such an important month in Moon history...
Total Solar Eclipse 2019 | How to Watch Live on July 2!
View a total solar eclipse LIVE from South America this July 2, 2019. Bob Berman is traveling to...
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...
Eclipse History: Total Solar Eclipses in the United States
The summer of 2017 brought the very first total solar eclipse exclusive to the U.S. since before...
Total Solar Eclipse Versus Partial Eclipse: What's the Difference?
With the next total solar eclipse around the corner (July 2, 2019), you may wonder what’s so...
How Fast Does the Sun Move?
Does the Sun spin? Yes, very slowly! Does the Sun orbit anything? Yes, it does! Find out facts...
How to Safely Watch a Total Solar Eclipse
You can seriously damage your eyes by watching a solar eclipse without proper protection (NOT...
Solar Eclipse Safety: How to Protect Your Eyes
Both total solar eclipses AND partial solar eclipses require specialized eye protection. I’ve...
Midsummer Day 2019: Why (and How) is Midsummer Celebrated?
Are you familiar with Midsummer Day (traditionally June 24)? Why is called “midsummer” when it’s so...
2019 Summer Forecast: Hotter Temps Out West, Rain for Others
Summer officially begins this Friday, June 21, and it’s shaping up to be another hot one—for some...
Sky Map: June 2019
The sky map for June 2019 depicts the eastern sky on the first night of summer (Friday, June 21)—...
Tonight, See Saturn Near the Moon in the Night Sky!
In June 2019, the Moon pairs up with three planets, while planets meet other planets! Next up:...
The Full Strawberry Moon 2019
The Full Strawberry Moon rises on Monday morning, June 17, 2019, appearing “opposite” the Sun at 4:...
Jupiter Closest to Earth Today—Best Chance to See Moons Without Telescope
Jupiter is at its closest to Earth today! This is your best chance of the year to see the biggest...
D-Day: The Weather Forecast That Changed History
From D-Day to the American Revolution, weather has played pivotal moments in world history....
Night Sky for June 2019
Welcome the Almanac Sky Watch for June 2019! We’re here to help backyard stargazers navigate the...
7 Facts About the June Solstice
This year, the June solstice falls on Friday, June 21. Enjoy seven cool (or, is it “hot”?) solstice...
UV Index Scale
The UV Index tells you how quickly your skin will burn without protection from the Sun. Check out...
Sky Map: May 2019
Stargazing is typically a relaxing evening pursuit at the conclusion of a busy day. But the stars...
Blue Moon in 2019: What is a Blue Moon?
When is the next Blue Moon? And exactly what is a Blue Moon? There’s some confusion about this...
The "Blue Flower Moon" Rises This Weekend
The Full Flower Moon arrives this Saturday night, May 18. And while this one will be a very special...
Next Full Moon
When is the next full Moon? See our Full Moon Calendar for 2019 for the U.S. and Canada. Get Full...
Night Sky for May 2019
Welcome the Almanac Sky Watch for May 2019! We’re here to help backyard stargazers navigate the...
Night Sky for April 2019
Welcome the Almanac Sky Watch for April 2019! We’re here to help backyard stargazers navigate the...
Easter and the Paschal Full Moon
A “Pink Easter Moon” will rise the morning of Good Friday! Did you know that the date of Easter—...
Sky Map: April 2019
In Earth’s Northern Hemisphere, April is the month when the world awakes from its long winter sleep...
Gardening by the Moon
Gardening by the Moon is a great way to plan your garden. Many of our readers follow the age-old...
The Big Dipper in the Spring Sky
The Big Dipper is an old friend to most of us. Poetically, it is spring itself, the season of...
Vernal Equinox Oddities
This year, the vernal equinox falls on Wednesday, March 20. Are day and night equal on this day?...
Spring is Galaxy Time!
Did you know that spring is galaxy time? More galaxies are visible from March to mid-May, early in...
Full Moon Names
Historically, Native American and other traditional names for full Moons were used to track the...
Night Sky for March 2019
Welcome the Almanac Sky Watch for March 2019! We’re here to help backyard stargazers navigate the...