Skywatching Archive
20 July 2014, 09:01 AM ET
Space.com was founded on July 20, 1999 on the 30th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 11 moon landing. Here, managing editor Tariq Malik recounts the last 15 years of Space.com, and the wonder of it all.
20 July 2014, 12:57 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
19 July 2014, 12:31 PM ET
From a cosmic rubber ducky to an experimental space plane, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for July 19, 2014.
18 July 2014, 11:00 AM ET
Fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 struck planet Jupiter in July 1994.
17 July 2014, 06:01 PM ET
Astrophotographer John Chumack captured the dwarf planet Pluto among the star fields of Sagittarius.
17 July 2014, 05:36 PM ET
Stargazers looking for the moon at nightfall may be wondering where Earth's nearest neighbor is in the night sky. Here's a handy guide to observing the moon in binoculars and telescopes in the late-night July sky.
17 July 2014, 03:48 PM ET
Imaged on 14 July 2014 by OSIRIS, Rosetta’s scientific imaging system, this movie compiles 36 interpolated images each separated by 20 minutes, providing a 360° preview of the complex shape of the comet.
16 July 2014, 11:12 PM ET
A lone tree, 16 shots, and a stunning view of the Milky Way.
16 July 2014, 05:24 PM ET
The 2014 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition has announced its shortlist of finalists.
15 July 2014, 07:00 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.
14 July 2014, 03:43 PM ET
When the spectacular supermoon emerged on Saturday (July 12), so did shutterbugs around the world. Space.com readers from around the world sent in amazing photos of the amazing lunar display.
13 July 2014, 12:21 PM ET
See amazing photos of the 'supermoon' full moon of July 12, 2014 as seen by stargazers around the world in this Space.com gallery. It was the first of three supermoons in July, August and September.
13 July 2014, 06:07 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
12 July 2014, 07:27 AM ET
Learn what makes a big full moon a true 'supermoon' in this SPACE.com infographic.
11 July 2014, 09:41 PM ET
From flaming rocket debris to a typhoon's eye, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for July 11, 2014.
11 July 2014, 05:40 PM ET
The night sky this week is filled with interesting views four planets at the beginning and end of each night, but will be at its best on Saturday night (July 12).
11 July 2014, 05:26 PM ET
The first of three supermoons this summer will rise Saturday night (July 12). Here's why July's full moon is one of the biggest of 2014.
11 July 2014, 04:21 PM ET
Observers throughout southeastern Australia reported seeing a bright meteor streaking through the skies Thursday night. Experts have concluded that the fireball was caused by a piece of a Russian Soyuz rocket that launched Tuesday.
11 July 2014, 12:14 PM ET
Australians saw what looked to be a glowing meteor flying through the night sky. But experts confirm it to be re-entering debris from a Russian rocket.
11 July 2014, 11:02 AM ET
See stunning photos of the night sky and sun as seen by stargazers around the world in this Space.com photo gallery for July 2014 made up of images sent in by Space.com readers.
08 July 2014, 03:49 PM ET
On 12 July, 10 August and 9 September 2014, a full moon will occur when the satellite is closest to Earth in orbit. Called a ‘perigee moon’ its brightness is increased and size enlarged due to proximity to Earthbound skywatchers.
07 July 2014, 11:44 AM ET
Look up tonight (July 7) to spot Saturn hovering very close to the moon. With its immediately recognizable rings, Saturn might be one of the most striking planets in the solar system, but many skywatchers find it hard to spot the planet in the night sky.
07 July 2014, 07:39 AM ET
Electric-blue noctilucent clouds glimmered in the sky just before dawn when this amazing image was captured.Astrophotographer John McConnell took the photo on June 20, 2014 from Maghaberry, Northern Ireland.
06 July 2014, 12:47 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
04 July 2014, 10:57 PM ET
From the half-lit moon and mars to Jupiter's farewell, don't miss these amazing objects to watch in the night sky.
04 July 2014, 09:00 AM ET
The moon and Mars will rendezvous in the night sky Saturday, putting on a spectacular show. Some skywatchers will even see the moon blot out the Red Planet in an event known as an occultation.
03 July 2014, 07:26 AM ET
Despite the summer heat in the Northern Hemisphere, the Earth is actually at its farthest point from the sun today, July 3. Here's how Earth's orbit and its aphelion work.
03 July 2014, 07:23 AM ET
In the wee hours of Friday morning (July 4) Pluto will be opposite the sun in the sky. Called opposition, on Friday at 4 a.m. EDT (0800 GMT), Pluto will rise as the sun sets, and set as the sun rises.
02 July 2014, 11:56 AM ET
Hydra, the sea serpent; Virgo, the maiden; and Ursa Major, the big bear can all be seen in the night sky right now. Hydra lies mainly in the southwestern part of the sky.
01 July 2014, 03:25 PM ET
Pluto reaches opposition and can be seen with a medium-sized telescope and dark skies. Dwarf planet Ceres and asteroid Vesta will be quite close to one another on the night sky. But each is a tough target.
01 July 2014, 10:54 AM ET
The July night sky is filled with planets to the delight of stargazers and astronomers, but you'll have to know when and where to look to get your summer solar system fix.
01 July 2014, 10:43 AM ET
See what's up in the night sky for July 2014, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this Space.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
01 July 2014, 09:48 AM ET
This month's night sky is full of cosmic wonders including planets and other celestial objects galore. Find out what's up in your night sky and how to see it in this Space.com stargazing guide.
01 July 2014, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in June 2014.
30 June 2014, 05:47 PM ET
June 21, the day of the northern summer solstice, has much more than 15 hours of sunlight if the extensive twilight periods around dusk and dawn are taken into account.
30 June 2014, 11:18 AM ET
The Scorpius constellation is easy to find by its reddish star: Antares (heart of the scorpion). To its west, the M4 “Cat’s Eye” globular cluster can be found. To the east, a group of stars form the Teapot asterism.