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Sturgeon Moon Peaks Today
Full Moon for August 2019
The Full Moon for August 2019 rises this week. Here’s the date, time, and meaning of what we call the
Full Sturgeon Moon
—as well as Moon phases, best days by...
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Hunter's Moon 2018: Will It Be Bigger, Brighter, And Redder?
The Full Hunter’s Moon rises on Wednesday, October 24! This is one of the two full Moons that enjoy...
How to Spot the Black Hole Above You
Would you like to find not one, but two black holes? You’ve come to the right place. That place is...
October 2018 Night Sky Guide
Here are highlights of the October 2018 night sky! We’ll help you spot bright planets, meteor...
Sky Map (Star Chart): October 2018
See this printable sky map for October to navigate the skies and look for Camelopardalis and...
Fall Foliage Map 2018
See our new fall foliage map for peak times across America. Help us add to this foliage map with...
Why Tonight's 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...
Moon Meets Four Planets September 11 to 19
Over the upcoming days, see the Moon visit four bright planets–for the last great conjunctions of...
Sky Watch: September 2018
Welcome to your September 2018 Sky Watch. We’ll help you spot the best night sky events of...
What Is a Harvest Moon?
In 2018, the Harvest Moon falls on September 24. But what is the Harvest Moon and why is it so...
Sky Map (Star Chart): September 2018
See this printable sky map for September to navigate the skies and look for Algol, the “Demon Star...
Where in Space Are We Headed?
Want to be amazed? Look skyward on the next clear night. With your own eyes, you’ll be able to see...
Woolly Bear Caterpillars and Weather Prediction
The woolly bear caterpillar—also called woolly worm and fuzzy worm—has the reputation of being able...
The Legend of the Black Box and The Old Farmer's Almanac Weather Forecasts
The secret to our weather forecasts has been speculated on for some time. Is weather folklore the...
Sky Map (Star Chart): August 2018
See this printable sky map for August to navigate the skies on the night of the great Perseid...
The Old, Misunderstood Equinox
Can you balance an egg on the equinox? Are days and nights truly equal? Bob separates autumnal...
The Influence of Solar Activity on Weather
What is the influence of solar activity on the weather? Dr. Richard Head, a former weather...
The Full Moon: August
Each month, we explain the traditional names of the full Moon along with some fascinating Moon...
A Rainbow of Planets: Four Planets in a Line!
Mars remains blazingly brilliant in the night sky. The real draw now is that it’s part of a rare...
Perseid Meteor Shower: Keep an Eye on the Night Sky
An unusually good meteor shower is happening. The reliable summer Perseid meteor shower is...
Sky Watch: August 2018
Welcome to your August 2018 Sky Watch! We’ll help you spot the best night sky events of June,...
Mars at Opposition 2018 | The Red Planet’s Close Approach
We’re about to see one of the truly great sky events of 2018. First, Mars’ best opposition in 15...
Planet Venus: 10 Fun Facts
Discover 10 amazing facts about planet Venus, our neighbor! We call her sister planet, goddess of...
Next Total Solar Eclipse
When is the next total solar eclipse? See our dates when the total eclipse of the Sun is visible...
Some Like It Hot! Best Vegetables to Grow in the Heat
A week-long heat wave and a recent question—concerning what green beans to grow in a hot climate—...
Total Solar Eclipses: How Often Do They Happen?
On August 21, 2017, people in a large swath of North America had the opportunity to view a total...
Sky Map (Star Chart): July 2018
Look up with the July 2018 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky. On...
Trapped for Life: America’s Most Famous Cave Rescue
We’ve been riveted by the cave rescue in Thailand and watching as 12 boys were successfully rescued...
The Perseids: Best Meteor Shower of the Year
Everyone loves shooting stars and meteor showers. The Perseid meteor shower of August 11 to 13 is...
Fourth of July Planets: A Parade of Worlds
On Independence Day, the same scene will be repeated around the country. Crowds will gather as...
Sky Watch: July 2018
Welcome to your July 2018 Sky Watch! We’ll help you spot the best night sky events of June,...
Saturn at Its Brightest—Next to the Full Strawberry Moon on Wednesday
It’s a truly extraordinary conjunction. Saturn reaches opposition—shining at its biggest and...
New Moon on June 13 | Supermoon
Today, June 13, is a New Moon. It’s also a “supermoon” which may interest those of you who live by...
Nearing the End of Solar Cycle 24
Solar Cycle 24 is approaching its end, which will mean the beginning of Solar Cycle 25. What does...
Quarter Moon or a Half Moon? Clearing Up Confusion.
Only in astronomy does a Half Moon and a Quarter Moon mean the same thing! And the Quarter Moon is...
Sky Watch: June 2018
Welcome to your June 2018 Sky Watch! We’ll help you spot the best night sky events of June,...
Noctilucent Clouds: They Come From Outer Space!
It’s noctilucent cloud season! Every year, from late spring through summer, eerie electric-blue...
Venus, Planet of Paradox
Sister planet. Nearest neighbor. Goddess of love. How appealing the planet Venus sounds! But the...
Sky Map (Star Chart): June 2018
Look up with the June 2018 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky. On...
Sky Watch: May 2018
Welcome to the May 2018 Sky Watch! This month, Jupiter is king of the night sky, reaching...
Solar Minimum Approaching | A Mini Ice Age?
Sunspots are disappearing more rapidly than usual as the Sun prepares to enter the solar minimum....
When Will the Moon Rise Tonight?
A common lunar puzzle involves finding when the Moon will rise each night. Folks who enjoy the...
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...