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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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Category — Astronomy

2015 Planet Guide

If you’d like to see the planets in our Solar System this year, be sure to consult this handy guide on when and where to look.

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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide To January 2015

Here’s a look at what’s going on in the night sky during the coming month!

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What Was The Star of Bethlehem?

The source of this apparition remains a mystery to both astronomers and historians. Read more about the bright object in the night sky leading the Three Wise Men.

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The Winter Solstice: Facts and Folklore

The Solstice marks the official start of the winter season. Learn about some of the ancient celebrations and traditions surrounding the year’s longest night.

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The Year’s Best Meteor Shower: The December Geminids

Bundle up and head outside to watch the December Geminids, considered the best of the annual displays. Learn more about this active meteor shower coming on the 13th!

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Is The North Star The Brightest Star?

There are many misconceptions and myths about what happens in the cosmos. What does Farmers’ Almanac Astronomer Joe Rao say about the North Star?

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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to December 2014

Find out what’s going on in the night sky this coming month!

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The Constellation Phoenix

Visible in the night sky during the fall, Phoenix is one of the famed “Southern Birds.” Learn more about this constellation!

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If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1910, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.