Skywatching Archive
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
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 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
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'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.
07 April 2015, 08:00 AM ET
Astrophotographer A. Garrett Evans took the image Loon Island Lighthouse on Lake Sunapee in Sunapee, New Hampshire on Feb. 28, 2015.
06 April 2015, 10:16 AM ET
On April 4th, 2015, some skywatchers were treated to to a total lunar eclipse, which was the shortest 'Blood Moon' this century. The Griffith Observatory in California captured the event.
06 April 2015, 10:00 AM ET
An array of celestial flowers is blooming in this amazing panorama by sky photographer Terry Hancock.
05 April 2015, 10:15 AM ET
What were our favorite stories of the week? This week had something for every kind of space fan. Find out our favorite stories of the past seven days below:
04 April 2015, 06:25 PM ET
From strange 'Hollows' on Mercury to eerie green space clouds, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for April 4, 2015.