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The Old Farmer's Almanac For Kids
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TODAY'S RISE AND SET
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SUNRISE

5:33 A.M.

MOONRISE

5:01 A.M.

SUNSET

7:49 P.M.

MOONSET

6:31 P.M.

MAY SKY EVENTS

The brilliant winter constellations, now low in the west at nightfall, plunge into twilight at midmonth and disappear until fall. Jupiter, in Leo, sits to the upper left of the Moon on the 14th. The Moon forms a triangle with brilliant Mars and first-magnitude Saturn on the 21st. Mars reaches opposition on the 22nd. Rising at sunset at a brilliant magnitude –2.0, it is out all night long. This is the planet’s biggest and brightest appearance in over a decade, although seeing details on the Martian disk can still be challenging with small telescopes. The Moon hovers to the left of Saturn on the 22nd. At dawn, the eastern sky is now empty, with Venus long vanished into the solar glare.

MOON PHASES FOR THIS WEEK

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FULL MOON NAMES

January

Full Wolf Moon

February

Full Snow Moon

March

Full Worm Moon

April

Full Pink Moon

May

Full Flower Moon

June

Full Strawberry Moon

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FASCINATING FACT

Harvest Moon

The Harvest Moon is the full Moon nearest the autumnal equinox and is bright enough to allow finishing all the harvest chores.

This month:

FULL FLOWER
MOON

Full Moon: May 21, 5:16 P.M. (Eastern Time)

It is called the Flower Moon because flowers spring forth in abundance this month. Some Native American tribes knew this full Moon as the Corn Planting Moon.

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SEASONS

For centuries, people have watched the sky for the changes of seasons and then celebrated with colorful rituals.

Tell Us how you celebrate the different seasons?

Solstices and Equinoxes

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Travel in Time
Visit these ancient seasonal markers:

Stonehenge, England

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Chichén Itzá Mexico

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 Exploratorium

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CATCH SATURN'S RINGS

Saturn will be especially visible in 2031. Click here if you can't wait.

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Once Upon a Moon...

What image do you see in the full Moon?
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GIANT JUPITER

Jupiter’s surface is covered clouds of many colors--red, brown, yellow, and white! The clouds move in light and dark bands around the planet. See Jupiter rotating!

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Did You Know?
On a clear night look up at the sky and connect some stars to create an original constellation. Make up a story about it and share it with other kids.Tell Us


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