Skywatching Archive
02 March 2015, 03:00 PM ET
March's sky includes zodiacal light and the equinox, as well as an eclipse and more. Find out what's up in your night sky and how to see it in this Space.com stargazing guide.
02 March 2015, 03:00 PM ET
See what's up in the night sky for March 2015, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this SPACE.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
02 March 2015, 07:00 AM ET
As the calendar shifts into March, skywatchers' ship will really come in. The ship in question is the constellation Argo Navis, which can be seen at around 10 or 11 p.m. local time throughout March, low in the night sky near the southern horizon.
02 March 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The 570-megapixel Dark Energy Camera in Chile snapped a spectacular photo of Comet Lovejoy, formally known as C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy), on Dec. 27, 2014, while scanning the southern sky as part of the Dark Energy Survey.
01 March 2015, 12:41 PM ET
Astronomers discovered the most gigantic black hole yet known and Leonard Nimoy — Mr. Spock from the beloved "Star Trek" series — passed away at the age of 83. Here are Space.com's pics for the top space stories of the week.
28 February 2015, 03:32 PM ET
From a record-setting parafoil flight to a newly-tested space plane, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for March 1, 2015.
27 February 2015, 04:30 PM ET
Why is Taurus the Bull so mad? He's being chased by bees! The Pleiades, that is. Look for Taurus, the Pleiades and many other celestial sights in the Northern Hemisphere during the winter months.
26 February 2015, 08:21 PM ET
Sometimes, to catch fire you have to sit in the cold.
26 February 2015, 09:40 AM ET
The Gemini Twins and a dimmer Cancer constellation make their way into the night sky in March.
23 February 2015, 05:22 PM ET
The first celestial object that attracts the attention of many people at a young age is the moon. The lunar surface appears to go through phases through the course of a month, but what causes the moon to shine differently from week to week?
23 February 2015, 01:17 PM ET
Three sub-orbital rockets may be visible from parts of the east coast as they head sky-ward in the wee hours of Tuesday (Feb. 24).
23 February 2015, 12:00 PM ET
A beginner's guide to amateur astronomy including basic tools as well as optional and aspirational equipment for more experienced stargazers.
21 February 2015, 12:42 PM ET
From mysterious plumes on Mars to a space station made of matchsticks, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Feb. 22, 2015.
19 February 2015, 05:26 PM ET
The so-called 'demon star' of Algol is the most prominent eclipsing variable star in the night sky and if you know when and where to look, you can see the star appear to wink as it is eclipsed by another, dimmer star.
19 February 2015, 10:00 AM ET
The online Slooh Community Observatory will host a live webcast featuring views of the moon in honor of the Chinese New Year. The live broacast will begin Thursday (Feb. 19) at 8 p.m. EST (1200 Feb. 20 GMT).
18 February 2015, 05:14 PM ET
Mars, Venus and the moon will meet up in a particularly beautiful cosmic display Friday. If you've been watching the evening twilight sky over the past few weeks, you will have seen the brilliant planet Venus gradually moving away from the sun, setting sl
18 February 2015, 04:58 PM ET
NASA cameras caught an intensely bright meteor streaking through the sky above Pittsburgh in the predawn hours on Tuesday (Feb. 17). The hunk of space rock was roughly 2 feet long and 500 lbs. before it burned up in the atmosphere..
18 February 2015, 12:29 PM ET
The online observatory Slooh will broadcast real-time views of the new moon on Thursday, marking the beginning of the Chinese New Year.
17 February 2015, 11:16 AM ET
Despite a space weather forecast of limited aurora activity, a tall band of green and striking red appeared over Sweden's Abisko National Park on 16 February 2015, captured in near real time by photographer Chad Blakley / www.lightsoverlapland.com
14 February 2015, 12:40 PM ET
From a colorful cosmic "flower" to a smiley face in space, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Feb. 15, 2015.
13 February 2015, 05:11 PM ET
The famed constellation of Orion is one of the most recognizable star patterns in the night sky, and poses a dazzling sight for observers this month, weather permitting. Simply look south around 8 p.m. your local time, and you will see this might hunter o
13 February 2015, 04:28 PM ET
On Feb. 19, a "supermoon" — a special event when the moon is full and also at its closest point to Earth in orbit — will occur. But unfortunately, it will be invisible to skywatchers on Earth.
06 February 2015, 05:40 PM ET
Watching a meteor shower on a clear, dark night is an unforgettable experience.
06 February 2015, 04:45 PM ET
Over the next two weeks, you have an excellent chance to spot one of the most rarely observed objects in the sky, the zodiacal light.
05 February 2015, 04:25 PM ET
Jupiter will dazzle all night long for the entire month, and if you’re awake in the early morning hours, look for the ringed wonder, Saturn. Skywatchers will also have good opportunuties to see Mercury, Venus and Mars this month.
05 February 2015, 03:00 PM ET
See photos of a rare triple-moon conjunction on Jupiter as the shadows of Europe, Io and Callisto pass across the planet's face on Jan. 24, 2015 as seen by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and skywatchers.
03 February 2015, 04:52 PM ET
Feb. 2 is Groundhog Day, when a large rodent is expected to predict the weather. What can astronomy reveal about what's in store for the cold months ahead?
03 February 2015, 03:19 PM ET
If your sky is clear early this evening, about an hour after sundown, you might be able to see the February full moon — sometimes known as the 'Snow Moon' — shining with the giant planet Jupiter in the east-northeast sky. Jupiter should be located to the
02 February 2015, 11:08 AM ET
See what's up in the night sky for February 2015, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this SPACE.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
02 February 2015, 11:00 AM ET
Amateur astronomer Keith Hanssen took this image of the Orion Nebula in November from Montana.
02 February 2015, 10:20 AM ET
Amateur astrophotographer Béla Papp took this picturesque moonlit scene near the village of Óbánya in southwest Hungary.
01 February 2015, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in January 2015.
30 January 2015, 04:56 PM ET
Juno, the third largest asteroid in the night sky, is currently visible with binoculars, if you know when and where to look. Here's how to use the bright planet Jupiter and two constellations as your guide.
30 January 2015, 04:17 PM ET
When is the best time to observe the moon with a telescope? Most astronomy neophytes might say it is when it's at full phase, but that’s probably the worst time to look at it! The best time to see the moon is during its first and last quarter phases.
30 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Comet Lovejoy came within 120 million miles (193 million kilometers) of the sun early Friday. A bright and waxing moon makes spotting Lovejoy tough at the moment, but good viewing opportunities should open up in a week or so.
29 January 2015, 01:07 PM ET
A pairing of Venus and Mars will grace the western sky at sunset throughout February 2015. On Friday the 20th, the crescent moon joins the band. Orion and Canis Major take the stage in the southern sky. Watch for Saturn and Jupiter too.