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The 2016 Farmers Almanac
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Category — Astronomy

Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to August 2016

There are lots of great reasons to look skyward in August, including the best meteor shower of 2016, the year’s closest conjunction of two planets, and a five-planet line up. Learn more!

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Night Sky Viewing for the Week of July 25

Check out some interesting constellations and star clusters this week.

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Look up and See Hercules

Astronomy show this week features Hercules. Learn more about what to look for.

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This Week Look Up and Check Out Scorpius

This week is a great sky watching week. Learn more about when and what to look for in the night sky.

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The Legends and Lore of the Milky Way

Summer is a great time to view the Milky Way in the night sky. Did you ever wonder why it’s called “Milky Way?” Read on for some fascinating facts and lore.

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Viewing Satellites in the Sky

Move over stars. Here’s how to look for satellites in the night sky.

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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to July 2016

July is a great time to stargaze. Check out what and when to look for stars, planets and more this month.

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Earliest Summer Solstice in 120 Years

This year summer officially starts the earliest it has in 120 years. Read on for more summer solstice facts and trivia.

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