Astronomy

Farmers’ Almanac astronomy provides the best times to view meteor showers, full moons, facts about planets and stars, plus more!

February Night Sky Guide (February 2023)

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February’s night sky will have many highlights, including Jupiter and Venus hanging closely together, the Full Snow Moon, and your best opportunity to spot the once-in-a-lifetime “Green” Comet. Have a telescope? Don’t miss Jupiter and its four Galilean moons. After this month, Jupiter won’t be observable again until July 2023. We recommend aiming for February

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How To See The New “Green” Comet

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Update: The Green Comet (c/2022 e3 ZTF) otherwise known as Comet ZTF is currently traveling away from Earth and out of our solar system, never to return again. Your last (and best) chance to catch a glimpse will be on February 10. The full Moon will interfere until that time. (See below.) Learn more about

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January Night Sky Guide (January 2023)

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As the air gets cooler, the stars get brighter! January’s night sky will not disappoint. Highlights include many recognizable constellations, the Full Wolf Moon, and an opportunity to see how the Moon moves in its orbit. Have a telescope? Don’t miss Saturn. The planet’s hallmark rings will collapse out of view soon! Look to the

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December Night Sky Guide (December 2022)

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The spectacular sights of December’s night sky may leave you jaw-dropped. Highlights include the best meteor shower of the year, a rare eclipse of the planet Mars, and a special Christmas Eve “Trinity” celestial arrangement! Have a telescope? This is the best time to get a glimpse of Mars. This month, the red planet shines

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November Night Sky Guide (November 2022)

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The November night sky will have many highlights, including a total eclipse of the Moon, two meteor showers, and many stargazing opportunities! See our calendar with details and links to more information below. All times and positions for the next 30 days are listed in Eastern Time (Eastern Daylight Time from November 1-5 and Eastern

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October Night Sky Guide (October 2022)

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The October sky will have many celestial highlights including: the best view of Mercury for the next six months, the Full Hunter’s Moon, and the Orionid Meteor Shower. There will also be a partial solar eclipse (which won’t be visible to those in the US, but our friends in the UK and other parts of

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Shooting Stars And Good Luck

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Have you ever wondered why wishing on a shooting star is believed to be good luck? Learn more about shooting star superstitions and what makes them so special. Read on. What Is a Shooting Star? Shooting stars are a delight to see streaking through the night sky, and while these fleeting dashes of light only

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How To Celebrate The Harvest Moon

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Full Moons are mysterious, can be magical, and are important ways to mark the passage of time. Each month, the Farmers’ Almanac celebrates the monthly full Moon noting their special names (Sturgeon Moon, Beaver Moon, and Harvest Moon, etc.). Most of these names come from the Algonquin, a Native American peoples that once inhabited large

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