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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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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...
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...
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...
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...