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The Full Moon: June
Look up! June’s full Moon falls on the 27th or 28th (depending on your location); it will appear...
7 Facts About the June Solstice
This year, the June solstice falls on Thursday, June 21. Enjoy seven cool (or, is it hot?) solstice...
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...
Jupiter at Opposition | Closest Approach to Earth
This is Jupiter month! On the night of May 8–9, the Giant Planet will be at its brightest for the...
What Are Sunspots?
The Old Farmer’s Almanac uses sunspot activity to help in making its weather predictions. What are...
Sky Map (Star Chart): May 2018
Look up with the May 2018 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky. On...
How Far is the Most Distant Object in the Universe?
What is the most distant object humans have ever seen in the known Universe? The latest record-...
2018 Summer Weather Forecast
Believe it or not, summer is just around the corner! What kind of weather can we expect this year?...
Sky Watch: April 2018
Welcome to the April 2018 Sky Watch! See what to look for in the night sky tonight, including...
What’s the Slowest-Spinning Planet?
Space is famous for zippy activity, like streaking meteors that sail through the night sky. But...
The Moon, Saturn, and Mars Meet on April 6–7
Sometimes the actual sky is so compelling, we’re forced to simply look out the window. Such is the...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Can You Really Name a Star?
Maybe you’ve heard those radio commercials. The announcer says, “If you’re looking for a perfect...
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