Skywatching Archive
05 May 2015, 12:30 PM ET
The Eta Aquarid meteor shower, produced by debris from Halley's Comet, will peak tonight. Find out where you can see the show, as well as a live webcast hosted by the Slooh observatory.
05 May 2015, 11:25 AM ET
The Eta Aquarids are a meteor shower best visible from the Southern Hemisphere.
05 May 2015, 11:00 AM ET
This amazing image of the Northern Lights was a lucky shot for astrophotographer Manish Mamtani. Mamtani took the image from Long Lake Recreation Area in Wisconsin on Match 17, 2015.
04 May 2015, 09:51 AM ET
Astrophotographer John Chumack (galacticimages.com) captured 2 hours and 40 minutes of northern lights images in March 2015, and time-lapsed them into 3 minutes of geomagnetic amazement.
02 May 2015, 02:21 PM ET
From a spacecraft spinning out of control to predicting a cosmic demise, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 3, 2015.
01 May 2015, 02:55 PM ET
See what's up in the night sky for May 2015, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this Space.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
30 April 2015, 09:36 AM ET
Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn can be seen in the evening. With binoculars, the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies and its Sombrero Galaxy (M104).
29 April 2015, 05:57 PM ET
Greg Diesel took this image of the moon over the Bodie Island Lighthouse in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
29 April 2015, 05:45 PM ET
This seven-image panorama shows the Milky Way above Cape Neddick Light Station in York, Maine. Astrophotographer A. Garrett Evans took this image on March 25 around just before the start of astronomical sunrise.
29 April 2015, 05:29 PM ET
We have just entered a very favorable period for observing the so-called "elusive" planet Mercury. From now, until about May 13, you should be able to find it with not much difficulty. But how well do you know the closest planet to the sun?
28 April 2015, 01:21 PM ET
The Senate voted unanimously April 27 to confirm Dava Newman as NASA's deputy administrator, more than six months after she was nominated.
27 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Over 400,000 volunteer citizen scientists have helped to identify over 2 million new celestial objects and five new supernovas in a wealth of data collected by the SkyMapper telescope.
24 April 2015, 03:24 PM ET
About 45 minutes after the sun sets on Saturday and Sunday, Jupiter and the moon will be visible in the southwest sky, roughly two-thirds of the way up from the horizon to the point directly overhead (called the zenith).
23 April 2015, 06:02 PM ET
Photographers around the world captured gorgeous shots of this year's Lyrid meteor shower, which peaked Wednesday night (April 22).
23 April 2015, 12:30 PM ET
An awe-inspiring landscape of multicolored dust and jewel-like stars has been unveiled as the official image of the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope.
22 April 2015, 01:34 PM ET
The Lyrid meteor shower peaks overnight tonight (April 22). The Slooh Community Observatory is airing a free Lyrids webcast at 8 p.m. EDT tonight (0000 GMT on April 23), and you can watch it live here on Space.com.
22 April 2015, 01:01 PM ET
There are two interesting but challenging events in the night sky this week: a close conjunction of the two smallest planets, and a chance to observe at least one asteroid close to the moon.
22 April 2015, 09:56 AM ET
The annual meteor shower, which in the past has delivered quite a show, will peak on the evening of April 22nd, 2015 into the early morning hours of April 23rd. Science@NASA tells you where to look.
21 April 2015, 11:55 AM ET
This evening will be another one of those special occasions when the two brightest objects in the night sky — the moon and a Venus — will get together and, weather permitting, will attract a lot of attention.
18 April 2015, 03:01 PM ET
A Maine photographer is joining forces with dark-sky advocates to say that people must be careful about where they direct their lights.
18 April 2015, 01:20 PM ET
From the first color image of Pluto to an awesome new SpaceX Video, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for April 19, 2015.
17 April 2015, 05:36 PM ET
Right now is a good time to look for Virgo, since the bright moon is not lighting up the evening sky. (Virgo may be very large, but most of her stars are rather dim.)
17 April 2015, 03:12 PM ET
One of the surest signs of spring for stargazers is seeing the constellation Leo high in the evening sky. Here's how to spot Leo, and what to look for within it.
17 April 2015, 12:42 PM ET
When the land is untouched, so is the nighttime sky.
17 April 2015, 01:13 AM ET
If you've seen "Clash of the Titans", you already know part of Cassiopeia's story.
16 April 2015, 04:33 PM ET
See amazing amateur astronomy photos and night sky views sent in to SPACE.com by readers in April 2014 in our month-long running gallery.
15 April 2015, 11:37 AM ET
The world looks different to Neil deGrasse Tyson because he’s an astrophysicist. When a great communicator gets his hands on an elegant tool, enlightenment (and, yeah, a little ego) ensues. But why did @NeilTyson choose Twitter? He tells Space.com.
14 April 2015, 07:21 PM ET
Skywatchers across parts of the United States and southern Canada have a chance to see a Dragon capsule built by the private spaceflight company SpaceX 'chase' the International Space Station across the sky this week ahead of a Friday morning rendezvous.
13 April 2015, 10:01 PM ET
Astrophotographer Miguel Claro took this image between the Giant’s Causeway, near Bushmills, in northeast coast of Northen Ireland on March 20, 2015.
12 April 2015, 10:12 AM ET
A total lunar eclipse wowed skywatchers and two private spaceflight companies tackled big challenges. These, and more, are Space.com's picks for the best space stories for the week of April 12.
12 April 2015, 09:34 AM ET
From a cosmic garden to fishing for space junk, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for April 12, 2015.
10 April 2015, 04:52 PM ET
Now that the bright moon has moved out of the evening sky, skywatchers have a great chance to view the early spring stars. And yet, even under dark skies, skywatchers will notice that there is something missing overhead: the Milky Way.
09 April 2015, 04:58 PM ET
We usually think of the equinox on or around March 21 as the end of winter and the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. But these week you can see the last vestiges of the bright stars of winter arrayed just above the horizon.
07 April 2015, 04:03 PM ET
Saturn will shine near the moon late Tuesday and early Wednesday (April 7-8), making the ringed planet a great target for amateur astronomers. Here's how to see it.
07 April 2015, 03:53 PM ET
Zodiacal lights shine across the horizon in this stargarzer image. Photographer Jeffrey Berkes took the image over the Florida Keys in 2012.