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Full Moon for July 2019
Full Moon for July 2019
falls on Tuesday, July 16. This month will bring a partial lunar eclipse—and
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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...
Sky Watch: December 2017
Welcome to the December 2017 Sky Watch! See what to look for in the night sky tonight, including...
Sky Map (Star Chart): December 2017
Look up with the December 2017 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky....
Ode to Kerosene: It Took Us to the Moon
In some rural areas, folks heat their homes with oil. Some buy kerosene, especially in the coldest...
Get Ready for Fabulous Shooting Stars
Much attention is being paid to the Leonid meteor shower, which peaks in the wee hours before dawn...
Sky Watch: November 2017
Welcome to the November 2017 Sky Watch! See what to look for in the night sky tonight, including...
Sky Map (Star Chart): November 2017
Look up with the November 2017 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky....
Sky Map (Star Chart): October 2017
Look up with the October 2017 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky. On...
The Smiling Moon, Venus, Mars on October 17
Maybe you’ve already seen it. Low in the east, just before dawn—say at 6:15 or so—is the brightest...
Sky Watch: October 2017
Welcome to the October 2017 Sky Watch! See what to look for in the night sky tonight, including...
Navigating the Night Sky
The wonder of the universe is at your fingertips! Here is how you can use the Almanac to help...
The Cooling Effect of the Sun
As Earth continues to warm, lower solar radiation may ease the heat’s impact—temporarily. Let’s...
A Perfect Time to See Saturn
On Tuesday evening, September 26, look at the Moon at nightfall, around 8:00 PM. A star dangles...
Sky Map (Star Chart): September 2017
Look up with the September 2017 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky....
Water Shouldn't be Wet! Why Water's Amazing
Water shouldn’t really be wet! It shouldn’t be liquid. It should be a gas. After all, all other...
Save Those Eclipse Glasses!
If a total solar eclipse is the grandest celestial spectacle, then a good display of the Northern...
Man in the Moon?
We often speak of seeing “the man in the Moon.” Indeed, an image of a face seems to be imposed on...
Myths About the Moon
Have you ever seen the “Man in the Moon”? Many of us today grew up seeing a face in the Moon, and...
Sky Watch: September 2017
Welcome to the September 2017 Sky Watch! See what to look for in the night sky tonight, including...
Wrapping Up The Eclipse
We certainly saw a lot of press about the 2017 total solar eclipse, but what happened? Here’s a...
When a Meteor is Not a Meteor
One of the most frequent topics letter-writers contact us about is meteors. Also known as shooting...
Observing the Total Eclipse: What to Look For
Lately, several people have asked me what exactly to look for during a total solar eclipse. So if...
Total Solar Eclipse 2017 Guide and Map
Ready for the Great American Eclipse? We present The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Guide by Almanac...
Sky Watch: August 2017
Welcome to the August 2017 Sky Watch! The month is packed with sky shows, from the total solar...
Eclipse 2017 Weather Forecasts
As the total solar eclipse of 2017 inches nearer and nearer, our attention turns to what will make...