Astronomy

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

May Night Sky Guide (May 2023)

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May’s night sky brings the Full Flower Moon, a lunar eclipse, and opportunities to witness some of the brightest stars in the sky. Look southeast for Arcturus in “The Spring Triangle” and west for Venus shining after sunset, especially towards the end of the month when she will be accompanied by the crescent Moon. Learn

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The 10 Brightest Stars In The Sky

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People often ask, “What’s the best way to get started in astronomy?” We recommend looking for the most brilliant, easiest to find stars. Here is a list of the 10 brightest stars in the sky that you can see at night no matter where you are in the Northern Hemisphere—whether you’re out in the countryside

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The Great Solar Eclipse 2024

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The Great Solar Eclipse 2024 Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of a total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024 – a date worth marking on your calendar. Better yet, consider planning a vacation around this celestial phenomenon. For optimal viewing conditions, our recommendation is to head to the Southwest, where the likelihood of clear skies is

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The Astrology Of Eclipses — See How One May Affect You!

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According to astrology, eclipses bring rapid developments and encourage us to move in the best direction — personally and collectively, as a society. If you are on the “right path,” you may experience major triumphs and victories. If not, you may meet a challenge that forces you to change direction, for the better. Curious how

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What Is A Sunspot And A Solar Flare?

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Sunspots and solar flares are making headlines lately, but what are they exactly and how do they affect us here on Earth? Learn how they are believed to influence our weather and even have the power to disrupt communication in the following article. What Is A Sunspot? A sunspot is a cooler area on the

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The Next Great “Daytime” Comet?

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Newly discovered comet C/2023 A3 (Tsuchinshan-ATLAS) is on its way into the inner solar system and already grabbing headlines as the next possible “Daytime Comet.” Early estimates say it may outshine the brightest stars in the sky and become visible to the naked eye during daylight hours for a brief time in October 2024. Here

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Rare Sky Event! Parade of Planets 2023

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Catch a glimpse of a rare sky event on Monday, March 27, 2023. Use binoculars and look west approximately 20 minutes after sunset to see five planets, the Moon, and a beautiful star cluster known as Messier 35 (M35). Celestial objects will appear in the following order from left to right: M35, Mars, the Moon,

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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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How To Celebrate The Harvest Moon

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

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