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Category — Astronomy

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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Ten Things You Need To Know About The Rosetta Robotic Space Probe

On November 12, a probe from the spacecraft Rosetta is scheduled to land on a comet it’s been orbiting for nearly 10 years. Learn more about this space event!

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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to November 2014

A full Moon, a comet landing and meteor showers. There are lots of exciting things happening in the sky this month!

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Fall Back! Daylight Saving Time Ends November 2

Daylight Saving Time ends November 2, 2014. Learn more about this annual time change in which we “fall back” one hour.

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Get Ready For The Partial Solar Eclipse!

On October 23rd, the Moon’s penumbral shadow will fall over much of North America, producing a partial solar eclipse. Learn how to view it safely!

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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.