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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): September 2016
Our sky map for September 2016 is a free and printable star chart to see stars and constellations...
Don't-Miss Triangle: Moon, Saturn, and Mars
Tonight or on your first clear night, face south between 8:30 and 9:00 PM. You’ll see a striking...
Sky Watch: September 2016
In the September 2016 Sky Watch you’ll find stargazing highlights and astronomy tips on what to see...
Sky Map (Star Chart): August 2016
Our sky map for August 2016 is a free and printable star chart to see stars and constellations in...
Low Solar Activity and Other Weather Factors
Low solar activity usually leads to cooler weather, but other historical trends and factors like El...
The 2016 Perseid Meteor Shower
The best meteors of the year occur with the Perseid meteor shower, so get viewing tips for the...
Chances of a Meteor Hitting Earth
Seen any shooting stars lately? Worried about being clobbered by a meteor? Here’s why you don’t...
Sky Watch: August 2016
In the August 2016 Sky Watch you’ll find stargazing highlights and astronomy tips on what to see in...
Free, printable star chart for this month.
Go stargazing! Here are the night sky highlights for this month.
Sky Map (Star Chart): July 2016
Our sky map for July 2016 is a free and printable star chart to see stars and constellations in the...
Weather Folklore: The Shepherd's Barometer
Here are some ways to judge the weather, grounded on 50 years’ experience and observations by an...
Flash of Light in the Night Sky
We’re never too surprised when the night sky has a sudden flash. Sometimes it’s late-summer...
What is a Heat Index Chart?
What is a heat index chart? How do we stay safe in summer heat? Here’s some helpful advice. As the...
Full Hunter's Moon: October
Learn about October’s Full Hunter’s Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts! Find out about the...
It's Not the Heat, It's the Humidity!
In most of the Northern Hemisphere, July is the hottest month. But when folks grumble about feeling...
How to Buy a Telescope Part II: Which Telescope Is Right for You?
Which telescope should you buy? Let’s examine the different types of telescopes that you might...
How to Buy a Telescope Part I: Rules of the Game
Here is advice on how to buy (or not buy) a telescope. Amateur astronomy is a hobby that can hold...
The Universe's Biggest Bangs
With this week’s fireworks fresh in mind, we’re allowed to wonder: What is the universe’s most...
Sky Watch: July 2016
In the July 2016 Sky Watch you’ll find stargazing highlights and astronomy tips on what to see in...
What Color is the Sun
Ever heard of a blue Sun? What causes red sunsets? Let’s chat about the colors of the Sun. Find...
The Half Moon and the Lazy Earth
Monday is the half Moon. Officially, the last quarter. It may be the coolest lunar phase and I’ll...
Summer Solstice Full Moon in June!
On June 20, 2016, the Full Moon appears on the same night as the summer solstice! It’s rare, all ...
Saturn Closest to Earth June 2016
Planet Saturn is at its best this June, 2016. as it comes closest to Earth. It’s easy to find,...
Sky Map (Star Chart): June 2016
Our sky map for June 2016 is a free and printable star chart to see stars and constellations in the...
Blue Moon Meets the Red Planet
The Blue Moon meets the Red Planet—just as it comes closest to Earth—on May 21, 2016. Get ready for...
Why Do Stars Twinkle at Night?
Why do stars twinkle? And why don’t planets? You’d think the “Twinkle, Twinkle…” nursery rhyme...
Sky Map (Star Chart): May 2016
Our sky map for May 2016 is a free and printable star chart to see stars and constellations in the...
Sky Watch: May 2016
In the May 2016 Sky Watch you’ll find stargazing highlights and astronomy tips on what to see in...
Sky Watch: June 2016
In the June 2016 Sky Watch you’ll find stargazing highlights and astronomy tips on what to see in...
Live! Full Pink Moon Show April 21, 2016
You’re invited to our LIVE Pink Moon Show this Thursday evening, April 21, 2016! We, your Almanac...
Rare Transit of Mercury
Astronomers have been ranting and raving about the upcoming Transit of Mercury, on Monday, May 9. ...
Sky Maps (Star Charts): April 2016
Go stargazing! Below is a colorful sky map for April 2016 to help you navigate the night sky. Note...
The Devil's Triangle: Spring's Most Dramatic Planet Event
The Devil’s Triangle is a striking sky event which will be present in the night sky for the next ...
Winners Propose Name for Planet Nine!
The Old Farmer’s Almanac sponsored a fun contest to name that elusive Planet Nine. For your...
Sky Watch: April 2016
Welcome to the April 2016 Sky Watch, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Here are the month’s ...
See Planet Mercury!
April 2016 is the year’s best time to see planet Mercury as an evening star. It’s strangely...
10 Sky and Space Blunders
See ten common astronomy blunders that we’ll help you avoid! Let’s start with the equinox. We read...
Early Spring Weather Warmer Than Normal
This year, the early spring weather really is warmer than normal. Nope, you did not imagine it! You...
Non-Eclipse of the Worm Moon
It’s a lunar eclipse! Get ready for an eclipse of the full Moon! Should we call our friends? Wake...
The Earliest Spring of our Lives
Spring will be off to a very early start in 2016, thanks to leap day weirdness! Have you noticed...
Suffering From Conjunction-itis
Let me prove how easy and fun astronomy can be. And how dramatic. All you need is a mostly clear...