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The July Sky Watch
Night Sky for July 2020
Welcome to the Almanac
Sky Watch for July 2020.
Plan ahead for the top stargazing sights of the month. Here are the highlights of the night sky for July!
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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...
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...
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...
November 2018 Night Sky Guide
Mid-November, the Moon pairs up with Saturn and Mars. Venus gets brighter. And another meteor...
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 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...
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 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...
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...