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Night Sky for August 2020
Welcome to the Almanac’s
Sky Watch for August 2020.
Plan ahead for the top stargazing sights of the month. Here are the highlights of the night sky for ...
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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,...
Groundhog Day and Shadow Fun
Groundhog Day. Just a bizarre tradition involving rodents? Or, rather, marmots? Actually, Groundhog...
Gardening by the Moon
Gardening by the Moon is a great way to plan your garden. Many of our readers follow the age-old...
Sky Map for January
Our January 2020 Sky Map hones in on the best of the month’s night sky—with accompanying text—so it...
Orion the Hunter Reigns in the Winter Sky
All of Orion’s stars are easy to spot in the winter sky. We’re in a period of dark, moonless,...
Betelgeuse and Orion: Maximum Weirdness
This past week, the star Betelgeuse (Orion’s “left shoulder”) dimmed. Most reports jumped on the...
The Enduring Wisdom of Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin is well known for his witty sayings and proverbs—that continue to convey timeless...
Night Sky for January 2020
Venus dominates in January, a fiery beacon at nightfall. At the end of the month (January 27 and 28...
Full Moon for January 2020
The full Wolf Moon rises on Friday, January 10, 2020, the first of 13 full Moons this year. Some...
Adjusting to Darkness: How Our Eyes See at Night
It’s escaped no one’s attention that this year’s name is also the term for sharp vision—2020. So...
The Best Sky Watching Events of 2020
The year 2020 promises some unusually fine celestial fireworks. Here are the top most noteworthy...
Setting Chicken Eggs by the Moon's Sign
Setting chicken eggs by the Moon? According to tradition, this age-old practice will produce...
What Are Perihelion and Aphelion?
Earth reaches at its closest approach to the Sun near midnight on January 4–5, 2020. We call this...
Winter Solstice 2020: The First Day of Winter
The winter solstice is Monday, December 21, 2020. This is the astronomical first day of winter in...
Autumnal Equinox 2020: The First Day of Fall
In 2020, the autumnal equinox—also called the September equinox or fall equinox—arrives on Tuesday...
Bright Sirius is the New Year Star
Want a cosmic way to ring in the New Year? On New Year’s Eve, the brightest star visible from our...
Geminid Meteor Shower 2020
Get ready for the Geminids! The great Geminid Meteor Shower peaks the night of December 13, 2020....
A Chance of Rain: What Does This Really Mean?
You’ve probably weather forecasts say “80% chance of rain.” What does this really mean? Probably...
Moonrise & Moonset Calculator
When will the Moon be visible tonight? Use our Moonrise & Moonset Calculator to find out when...
Geminids 2019: How to See the Geminid Meteor Shower December 13
The most active meteor shower of the year peaks the night of Friday, December 13. These are the...
The Darkest Time of the Year (is Not on the Solstice)
When is the earliest sunset of the year? Many folks think it’s on the winter solstice. But the...
Night Sky for December 2019
Here is the Sky Watch for the December 2019 night sky. This month brings a Venus–Saturn conjunction...
Sky Map: December 2019
Our December 2019 Sky Map highlights the December 10 Venus–Saturn conjunction! See a star chart...
Transit of Mercury on Monday, November 11, 2019
It’s hard to evaluate the major astronomical event coming up on Monday, November 11, 2019. It...
Night Sky for November 2019
Welcome to the Sky Watch for November 2019. Here is your guide to see the bright planets and other...
Night Sky for November 2019
The highlight for our November 2019 Sky Watch is the Venus and Jupiter Conjunction on November 24. ...
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...
Crescent Moon and Jupiter Meet-Up Halloween Night
This week’s crescent Moon is extra special. On Halloween night, October 31, see the brightest “star...
Can a Full Moon Affect Your Mood?
Can the Moon affect your mood? Does it make people crazy? Science doesn’t have proof, but could...
Sky Map: November 2019
Let’s show some appreciation for the Moon this month. Watch it as it moves across the night sky ...
The Moons of the Solar System: Which is Your Favorite?
With this month’s discovery of 20 more moons on Saturn, let’s pause and consider the many marvelous...
The Seven Sisters at Halloween
It’s an annual autumn ritual: The reappearance of the glorious Seven Sisters. During Halloween week...
Facts About The Moon
Will man ever return to the Moon? That remains to be seen. Until then, here are interesting Moon...
Fascinating Facts About Saturn
Did you know that Saturn, the sixth planet from the Sun, is named after an ancient Roman god? Here...
2020 Fall Foliage Map
Have the leaves start changing? When will they peak? Last Year’s Peak Foliage Map Below, you’ll...
Full Moon for September 2020
The full Moon for September 2020 is the Full Corn Moon. (This year the Harvest Moon does NOT fall...
Night Sky for October 2019
Welcome to the Sky Watch for October 2019. Jupiter and Saturn dominate the night for all to see—...
Sky Map: October 2019
In October, the night sky contains eight well-known star patterns visible in the early evening. We’...
See Saturn and Jupiter in Early Fall
As autumn begins, we have a few more weeks to look at the most amazing part of the night sky. Let...
What Are the Northern Lights?
Along with the colorful leaves that fall ushers in, the night sky has its own colorful display near...
Sky Map: September 2019
The Autumnal Equinox is upon us! Look up for some wonderful fall stargazing. Here’s viewing...