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The 2016 Farmers Almanac
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Category — Astronomy

How Dark Is Your Night Sky?

Here’s a great way to test how dark you night sky is, which will tell you how successful you’ll be at stargazing.

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What is Moon Illusion?

Ever notice how big the Moon appears at times or in pictures? It’s called Moon Illusion. Learn more.

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A Blue Moon By Another Definition

Why is May’s full Moon a blue Moon when it’s not the second full Moon this month?

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May Is The Month of Mars

We are thinking about renaming the month of May to Mars month. Find out why, and get your telescopes and binoculars ready.

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The Transit of Mercury: What It Is And How To See It

On May 9th, a striking and most unusual celestial phenomenon will take place. Find out when and where to watch!

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This Week: Will You Spot An Earthgrazing Fireball?

The cosmic rubble from Halley’s Comet could create some shooting stars like nothing you’ve ever seen. Learn where and when to watch!

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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide To May 2016

There are some exciting things happening in the night sky this month, including a Blue Moon, a meteor shower from the dust of Halley’s Comet, and much more!

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The Big Dipper: More Than Meets The Eye

Could the stars within the Big Dipper help you pass an eye test? Learn more.

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