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First Day of Seasons 2017
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Spooky Sky: We Dare You to Go Out!
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The Star of Bethlehem
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What Star is Directly Overhead?
Look straight up at a star—and see where you are heading! Something very cool is overhead. Next...
What is a Supermoon: Fact or Fiction
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Should Pluto be a Planet?
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October Planet Show Extends its Run
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Four Planets Meet in the October 2015 Night Sky!
The wild morning display continues! See four planets performing the year’s best conjunctions. It’s...
Sky Maps (Star Charts): October 2015
Find your way around the night sky! Below is a free sky map for OCTOBER 2015 as well as a printable...
Sky Watch: October 2015
Welcome to the October 2015 Sky Watch, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Here are the month’s ...
Total Solar Eclipse or Partial Eclipse: Which Will You See?
A total solar eclipse will sweep across the continent on August 21, 2017. However, most of us will...
Observing the Total Eclipse: What to Look For
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Space Weather: Sunspot Numbers and Solar Activity
Here at the Almanac, we have long believed that solar activity can influence weather here on Earth...
What Is a Harvest Moon?
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Full Moon for September 2017
Learn about the Full Moon for September 2017—the Full Corn Moon—plus, see Moon phase dates, Best...
Solar Eclipse Safety: How to Protect Your Eyes
The great solar eclipse is now less than two weeks away. I hope you will travel to where the...
Total Solar Eclipse 2017 Guide and Map
Prepare for the total solar eclipse of 2017—the first to appear over the mainland United States in...
Solar Eclipse Folklore, Myths, and Superstitions
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Eclipse 2017 Weather Forecasts
As the total solar eclipse of 2017 inches nearer and nearer, our attention turns to what will make...
Eclipse History: Total Solar Eclipses in the United States
In the 241 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence, 20 total solar eclipses have...
Best Total Eclipses and Sky Sights of the Century—Guaranteed!
Take your vitamins and stick around for the next century’s super-spectacles, including the longest...
Total Solar Eclipses: How Often Do They Happen?
On August 21, 2017, people in a large swath of North America will have the opportunity to view a...
Greatest Eclipses and Sky Events in History
From the 1878 solar eclipse with Thomas Edison to the purple Moon of 1950, enjoy some of the most...
Heat Waves: 10 Tips for Extreme Heat Safety
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Full Moon for August 2017
The Full Sturgeon Moon rises! This year also brings a partial lunar eclipse! See the live show here...
Sky Watch: August 2017
Welcome to the August 2017 Sky Watch, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Here are the month’s ...
Autumnal Equinox 2017: First Day of Fall
Autumn starts again with the autumnal equinox on September 22. Welcome in the fall season on the...
Perseid Meteor Shower
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Star Vega Shines Bright Overhead on July Nights
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Woolly Bear Caterpillars and Weather Prediction
The woolly bear caterpillar—also called woolly worm and fuzzy worm—has the reputation of being able...
The Best Places to See the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
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How to Safely View the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
Is it dangerous to stare at the Sun—or, a solar eclipse? As we prepare for the 2017 total solar...
Summer Solstice 2018: First Day of Summer
The timing of the June solstice—or, summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere—varies between June...
Planning for the Total Solar Eclipse 2017
For the first time in nearly four decades, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the mainland...
What Are The Dog Days of Summer?
What are the “Dog Days of Summer”—and when are they? The answer might surprise you. Enjoy this...
How Are Books Made Today | A Visit to the Almanac Printer!
Ever wondered how books are made? The Almanac for Kids is hot off the press, just in time for...
Sky Watch: July 2017
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Sky Map (Star Chart): July 2017
Look up with the July 2017 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky. On...
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