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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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Signs of Spring in the Night Sky!
Once spring is under way, nature lovers can find it hard to keep up with the rapid day-to-day...
Sky Map: March 2019
The Big Dipper is more than just a fan-favorite constellation! Using it as an anchor point, you can...
Night Sky for February 2019
Sky Watch February 2019 by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac In February,...
February Snow Moon: 2019's Biggest, Brightest Supermoon
On Tuesday, February 19, 2019, the full Moon reaches 2019’s closest approach to Earth. The media...
Why February Is Cold
Our coldest months are December, January, and February in North America. Someone recently asked me...
Sky Map: February 2019
Are you a stargazer? We’ll be your guide. The night sky for February 2019 showcases some awesome...
Is Pluto a Planet?
When many of us were kids, Pluto was the ninth planet of our solar system. So there was some...
The Oldest Moon Photo
The oldest (surviving) photo of the Moon is from 1849. Does it surprise you that this photo was so...
Getting Robocalls? Blame the Measles.
So who’s responsible for those nuisance robocalls? Here’s some surprising history—going back to...
Lunar Eclipse 2019: Myths and Superstitions about the Blood Moon
With the “Super Blood Wolf Moon” eclipse on January 20, 2019—the last total lunar eclipse until...
Forecast for The 2019 Total Lunar Eclipse: Cloudy or Clear?
You are cordially invited to the most star-studded event of the season—and we don’t mean some...
What a Blood Moon Is—and Isn't
A total eclipse of the Moon is coming on January 20, 2019. Some folks are calling it a “Blood Moon...
Full Moons and Labor: Childbirth Folklore
Check out this author’s intriguing theory—best tested by parents of large families—about the...
Get Ready for The Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse
On Sunday, January 20, we’ll see the only total lunar eclipse of 2019—and the last one until 2021. ...
Night Sky for January 2019
The new year kicks off with a total eclipse of the Moon on January 20–21, 2019. Here are highlights...
First Dawn of 2019: Three Planets and Moon Align
Want to welcome 2019 in grand style? So happens, the year begins with an eye-catching celestial...
Sky Map: January 2019
Look up! Our printable sky map for January 2019 helps you navigate the stars and constellations! ...
Full Moon on The Winter Solstice
Since 1793, when the Almanac began tracking heavenly events and seasonal changes, the Moon has been...
Winter Solstice 2018 Brings a Full Moon and Meteor Shower!
Winter solstice 2018 brings a wonderful weekend of night sky wonders—a full Moon, a meteor shower,...
December 2018 Night Sky Guide
Which planets can be seen in the night sky? In the Sky Watch for December 2018, Bob Berman...
Weird Science! Seven Strange Science Facts
Let’s do something different, and mix sky-stuff with weird science! Ready? Here are seven strange...
What Exactly is Twilight? The Three Different Types
Twilight. The word evokes gorgeous colors. But what exactly is twilight? And did you know that...
2018’s Brightest Comet Comes Closest to Earth December 16
Comet 46P/Wirtanen is 2018’s brightest comet and comes closest to Earth on December 15–16, 2018—...
Sky Map (Star Chart): December 2018
See this printable sky map for December to navigate the skies! This December, the Moon serves as a...
What is a Comet? Comet Facts
Comets are quite the celestial spectacle. Would you believe that they are simply pieces of dusty...
Sky Map (Star Chart): December 2018
See this printable sky map for December 2018 to navigate the skies! This month, we let the Moon...
Why Go to Mars? Water, Life, and Exploration
Mars is still brilliant at dinnertime—just as the latest InSight probe has begun sending us...
November 2018 Night Sky Guide
Mid-November, the Moon pairs up with Saturn and Mars. Venus gets brighter. And another meteor...
How to See Orion: The Hunter Constellation
In December, many people start to notice Orion the Hunter in the night sky. It’s one of the most...
Moon Glossary: Lunar Terms and Definitions
Our Moon glossary includes definitions of lunar terms that are commonly used on Almanac.com. You...
Sky Map (Star Chart): November 2018
See this printable sky map for November 2018 to navigate the skies! This month, what is the ...
Planting by the Moon
Many gardeners swear by Planting by the Moon, a technique that’s said to produce larger, tastier...
Full Moon and Good Luck
Can the Moon change your luck? According to Moon lore, in many cases the full Moon brings good luck...
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...
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...
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...
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...