Skywatching Archive
28 November 2015, 10:00 AM ET
Here's how to see the huge Andromeda galaxy, which is visible with the naked eye in the night sky despite being 2.5 million light-years away.
27 November 2015, 03:16 AM ET
Here are the best telescopes for the money. Our top picks include recommendations for city dwellers, hobbyists and gift-givers, as well as budget picks. Our editors have selected a few of the best options in each of four categories.
27 November 2015, 01:58 AM ET
Here are the best inexpensive telescopes (sub-$200). These high-quality scopes are light on features but big on value. Each will make a great gift and a fine first telescope.
27 November 2015, 01:11 AM ET
Here are the best beginner telescopes for the money; a computerized ‘GoTo’ scope driven by your smartphone or tablet, as well as a manually operated scope that comes fully assembled.
27 November 2015, 12:34 AM ET
Here are the best portable telescopes for the money. These grab-and-go scopes are ideal for travelers, city dwellers escaping light pollution, and anyone with limited storage space.
26 November 2015, 11:40 PM ET
Here are the best hobbyist telescopes for the money, including Go-To scopes. From fully automatic to totally hand-driven, these fine instruments will reward you each night out.
25 November 2015, 03:00 PM ET
As the moon moves around the Earth in its monthly orbit, it often passes in front of background stars. Such events are called "lunar occultations" and one will happen Thursday at dawn in a Thanksgiving lunar treat.
25 November 2015, 11:33 AM ET
November's full moon will rise tonight, bringing an early Thanksgiving treat for skywatchers lucky enough to have clear skies over the long U.S. holiday weekend.
24 November 2015, 08:00 AM ET
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are testing beverage cups that let them literally wake up and smell the coffee.
20 November 2015, 04:00 PM ET
This week, between 11 p.m. and midnight, the constellation immortalizing one of the greatest heroes of Greek mythology — Perseus — will pass directly overhead.
19 November 2015, 04:00 PM ET
You can take a tour through the history of Pluto exploration tonight (Nov. 19) at 7:30 p.m. EST (0030 GMT on Nov. 20), courtesy of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
19 November 2015, 02:35 PM ET
This image of the Milky Way from the edge of the Grand Prismatic Spring in the Midway Geyser Basin in Yellowstone on June 27, 2015.
18 November 2015, 03:00 PM ET
One of the first things every new moon watcher learns is that, when observing the moon, timing is everything. This week, it turns out, is the best time to see the moon in November. Here's how to see it.
17 November 2015, 07:01 AM ET
The famous Leonid meteor shower will peak early Wednesday morning (Nov. 18), but this year's display probably won't be spectacular.
16 November 2015, 04:17 PM ET
The Leonid meteor shower will peak overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, giving skywatchers the chance to see some brilliant "shooting stars." The Leonids have put on amazing displays in the past, but this year's show will likely be on the subdued side.
15 November 2015, 03:07 PM ET
Pulsars, dwarf planets and alien worlds break records, a strange space object falls from the sky and Pluto's moons get weird — this is's top stories of the week.
14 November 2015, 11:32 PM ET
From a gorgeous photo of the Milky Way to a spectacular sunrise taken from the ISS, don't miss these amazing space images.
13 November 2015, 08:54 PM ET
An amateur photographer thought the world was ending when she caught pictures of a Trident missile in action near Los Angeles. See the photos and video here.
13 November 2015, 02:00 PM ET
There is no truth to the claim that the Earth will plunge into 15 days of darkness on Nov. 15. Don't be left in the dark on this space hoax.
13 November 2015, 09:20 AM ET
A group of observers with the United Arab Emirates Space Agency, NASA and ESA, snapped imagery of mysterious object tagged WT1190F as it re-entered the atmosphere over the ocean near Sri Lanka on Nov. 13th, 2015.
11 November 2015, 09:48 PM ET
If you've been looking for Saturn lately, you've seen it rapidly sinking towards the sun in the southwestern sky just after sunset. This week is probably your last chance to spot Saturn before it disappears into the sun's glow.
11 November 2015, 05:41 PM ET
With images like these, it's no wonder California — not to mention the Twittersphere — freaked out Saturday evening when an unannounced test of a submarine-launched Trident missile lit up the evening sky.
11 November 2015, 03:41 PM ET
Photographer Porter Tinsley was shooting long-exposure night sky time-lapse images on Nov. 7th, 2015 when she was surprised by a Trident missile test launched from a U.S. submarine. Thousands of Californians were similarly astonished.
10 November 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Skywatcher Stephen Ippolito captured this image of the Milky Way over some friendly cows was taken in New Hampshire on Sept. 11, 2015.
09 November 2015, 10:51 AM ET
Space Coast Intelligent Solutions’ meteor camera network captured an in-falling remnant of Comet Encke, progenitor of the annual Taurid meteor shower. Slow motion playback of the event reveals a halo of ice crystals illuminated by the fireball.
08 November 2015, 12:47 PM ET
From super-close views of the Saturn moon Enceladus' south pole to spectacular, newly released images of the October 2014 Antares rocket explosion, don't miss these amazing space images.
08 November 2015, 07:03 AM ET
Just in time for the flu season, the Earth is going to catch a bit of the sun's sneeze, following a solar eruption yesterday (Nov. 4).
06 November 2015, 05:10 PM ET
A spectacular gathering of three bright planets and a lovely waning crescent moon will be the chief celestial attraction in the predawn sky this weekend, with the moon, Venus, Mars and Jupiter all making an appearance.
06 November 2015, 01:47 PM ET
Shooting the moon is fun, easy and very rewarding. This is because the moon is so bright and appears so large in the sky that even a small telescope can reveal a lot of interesting surface details. Here's how to do it.
06 November 2015, 01:06 PM ET
Astrophotographers Imelda Joson and Edwin Aguirre provide tips for photographing the moon through telescopes.
06 November 2015, 11:00 AM ET
The moon is a great target for stargazers just starting out. But there are some tricks to observing the moon with a telescope or binoculars. Here are some tips to start moongazing with a telescope.
05 November 2015, 10:12 AM ET
04 November 2015, 05:40 PM ET
Meteors, popularly called "shooting stars," are much more common than most people think. In fact, there's a display going on now - courtesy of the Taurid meteor shower — if you know when and where to look.
04 November 2015, 09:52 AM ET
On Nov. 19th, the first quarter moon – one of the best times to see mountains and craters along the terminator – sets at midnight. The areas where humans walked: Apollo 11, 15, 16, 17 are pinpointed in this video.
03 November 2015, 05:46 PM ET
A golden-green Aurora shines over Moraine Lake from Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada.
03 November 2015, 05:39 PM ET
The electric blue light around the edges of the small isles in this image are bioluminescence, radiating under the dazzling Milky Way in Maine. Astrophotographer Adam Woodworth took this image at the cliffs of Acadia National Park in Maine.