Skywatching Archive
28 October 2014, 07:11 AM ET
On Monday, Oct. 27, a private Antares rocket built by the commercial spaceflight company Orbital Sciences will launch the Orb-3 cargo mission for NASA to the International Space Station. Here's how to see it in the sky from the U.S. East Coast.
27 October 2014, 03:14 PM ET
The moon and Mars will create a pretty tableau along the southwest horizon at dusk tonight and tomorrow.
26 October 2014, 08:08 PM ET
"As the (aurora) display grew, the strands slowly developed into a pulsating wave of flashing green lights," says photographer Chad Blakley after capturing imagery of the Northern Lights on October 24th, 2014.
26 October 2014, 04:39 PM ET
The company Orbital Sciences will make its first nighttime launch of an Antares rocket on Monday evening (Oct. 27), and it will be visible from the U.S. East Coast. Here's when and where to look to see the amazing launch.
24 October 2014, 03:00 PM ET
Total solar eclipses are one of nature’s grandest events. What is a total solar eclipse? How do they work? And when is the next one? We explain.
24 October 2014, 12:00 PM ET
Massing 37oz, with a wide 8.4° field of view and 5mm of exit pupil, these are excellent ‘grab and go’ binoculars for anything outdoors. Space.com’s @DavidSkyBrody shows you the good and not-so-good features.
24 October 2014, 11:58 AM ET
Massing 27oz, with a 6.8° field of view and 7.1mm of exit pupil, these binoculars are great for young astronomers. Space.com’s @DavidSkyBrody shows you the good and not-so-good features.
24 October 2014, 11:56 AM ET
Massing 35oz, with a 5.8° field of view and 7mm of exit pupil, these binoculars are fine for astronomy but can be used in daytime for other hobbies and sports. Space.com’s @DavidSkyBrody shows you the good and not-so-good features.
24 October 2014, 11:54 AM ET
Massing 88oz, with a 4.4° field of view and 4.6mm of exit pupil, these optically wonderful binoculars deliver the universe at night and the sunlit world in daylight. Space.com’s @DavidSkyBrody shows you the good and not-so-good features.
24 October 2014, 11:51 AM ET
The Oberwerk Mariner 8x40 is our Editors' Choice for best small binoculars for astronomy. Read our full review and find more top picks here.
24 October 2014, 11:50 AM ET
A good pair of binoculars can help stargazers get the most out of the night sky. Find out which type of binoculars you need in our Buyer's Guide.
24 October 2014, 11:50 AM ET
Celestron’s Skymaster 8x56 is our Editors’ Choice for best medium-sized binoculars for astronomy. Read our full review and find more top picks here.
24 October 2014, 11:50 AM ET
Celestron's Skymaster 25x100 is our Editors' Choice for best large astronomy binoculars. These binoculars are an immersive space-time machine. But large binoculars must be mounted on a tripod, or the view will be very shaky and your arms very quickly exha
24 October 2014, 11:50 AM ET
Binoculars are great for all kinds of stargazing, for beginners and seasoned veterans alike. Here are some of the best binoculars for astronomy.
24 October 2014, 11:49 AM ET
Massing 156oz, with a 3° field of view and 4mm of exit pupil, these optically sweet monsters belong on a tripod. They are actually 2 side-by-side refractor telescopes. Space.com’s @DavidSkyBrody shows you the good and not-so-good features.
24 October 2014, 11:44 AM ET
Massing 76oz, with a 3.2° field of view and 4mm of exit pupil, these rubber-coated binoculars, plus a sturdy tripod, will bring you close to the night sky, plus animals and sports in daylight. Space.com’s @DavidSkyBrody shows you around.
24 October 2014, 08:00 AM ET
The moon blocked out part of the sun on Oct. 23, 2014 to create a stunning partial solar eclipse visible to observers across the United States.
24 October 2014, 08:00 AM ET
A partial solar eclipse darkened the skies above much of North America this evening.
23 October 2014, 08:00 PM ET
Slooh will host a live webcast of the partial solar eclipse on Thursday, Oct. 23. Watch it live here.
23 October 2014, 07:01 AM ET
The online Slooh Community Observatory will air a special three-hour solar eclipse webcast Thursday starting at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT). You can watch the show at http://www.slooh.com, or here at Space.com, courtesy of Slooh.
23 October 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Viewers throughout most of the United States are in position to see a partial solar eclipse Thursday afternoon (Oct. 23). Unfortunately, clouds will likely get in the way in some parts of the country.
21 October 2014, 05:05 PM ET
See photos and images of the Mars-bound comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring, which will buzz the Red Planet on Oct. 19, 2014. Comet Siding Spring was discovered in January 2013. Its pass through the inner solar system will be closely watched by Mars probes.
21 October 2014, 02:32 PM ET
Some skywatchers captured incredible views of the Orionid meteor shower earlier this week, but even if you can't catch the peaking shower outside tonight (Oct. 21), you can still see it live online.
21 October 2014, 12:00 PM ET
Find out what the partial solar eclipse of Oct. 23, 2014 might look like from around North America using these sky maps and images.
21 October 2014, 07:30 AM ET
A potentially amazing partial solar eclipse is due to darken skies above North America Thursday (Oct. 23), and you can build and easy tool to help you view it safely.
20 October 2014, 02:23 PM ET
If you step outside before dawn during the next week or so, you might be able to see bright meteors streaking through the sky.
20 October 2014, 09:48 AM ET
Warning: Do not look directly at the Sun. On October 23rd, 2014, most of the North America will be treated to the eclipse. Viewing from the eastern U.S. will be especially beautiful, weather permitting, due to it occurring at the end of the day.
20 October 2014, 06:01 AM ET
Nearly all of North America will experience the solar eclipse. People who live east of a line running from roughly Quebec City to Montauk Point, New York, will miss out, since the sun will set before the dark disc of the moon begins to encroach upon it.
19 October 2014, 03:40 PM ET
A comet is due to make a close flyby of Mars Sunday (Oct. 19), allowing scientists an unprecedented look at the comet as it flies by the Red Planet.
17 October 2014, 12:56 PM ET
Jupiter and the moon are set to meet up in the early morning sky on Saturday (Oct. 18).
16 October 2014, 10:04 AM ET
ESA's Optical Ground Station (OGS) at the Teide Observatory in Spain, shot a 3.6 Watt 532-nm laser at the ISS, giving a a greenish glow. The laser was used to test optical communication tech.
16 October 2014, 07:13 AM ET
Millions of people across North America will have a chance to observe a partial solar eclipse next week, weather permitting.
15 October 2014, 05:30 PM ET
A comet is on course for a super-close approach with the planet Mars this Sunday (Oct. 19) in a rare celestial encounter. If you have a moderate-size telescope, you might be able to spot the icy wanderer as it nears the Red Planet, weather permitting.
15 October 2014, 10:31 AM ET
See amazing images by dedicated night sky observers and amateur astronomers alike.
12 October 2014, 10:44 AM ET
Monday marks Columbus Day for people in the United States, but did you know there was a lunar twist to the famous explorer's journey?
10 October 2014, 08:01 AM ET
The moon, the famous Pleiades star cluster and the red star Aldebaran will dance together in the night sky this Saturday.