Skywatching Archive
07 May 2014, 11:11 AM ET
On May 24th, Earth will for the first time pass through a cloud of dust that comet 209P/LINEAR behind in the 1800's. Experts say it could rival the year's best Perseids shower, with up to 200 meteors per hour.
07 May 2014, 10:40 AM ET
Night sky photographer Terry Hancock captured this amazing image of the Rosette Nebula over three hours during a brisk March night. See how he took this shot under a bright full moon.
05 May 2014, 05:33 PM ET
On May 23-24, Earth should plow through debris shed by Comet 209P/LINEAR. These extraterrestrial particles could give stargazers an incredible show as they burn up in the planet's atmosphere — or the anticipated fireworks may fizzle out.
05 May 2014, 12:46 PM ET
A fireball streaks through the daytime sky over Toronto in an amazing new video. A well-placed dashcam captured the light of the bright meteor, which could be seen from parts of Canada and New York on May 4.
05 May 2014, 10:59 AM ET
From a solar eclipse from space to NASA's newest spacesuit, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 5, 2014.
05 May 2014, 10:34 AM ET
From the partial solar eclipse over Australia to an amazing auroral display over Alaska, don't miss these spectacular night sky images by stargazers and Space.com readers.
05 May 2014, 10:04 AM ET
Saturn is now making its entrance onto the celestial stage, rising in the eastern sky soon after dark and shining brightly in the southern sky all night long.
05 May 2014, 09:40 AM ET
David Narciso captured the fireball’s trail on May 4th, 2014, seen by others Canada and Western New York. The object was likely ~.5m in diameter before it exploded.
05 May 2014, 06:52 AM ET
A meteor shower made up of debris from the famed Halley's Comet will peak overnight tonight, but if Mother Nature spoils your show, don't fret. You can always watch it live online.
04 May 2014, 10:08 AM ET
Early Tuesday morning (May 6), just before dawn begins to light up the eastern sky, stargazers have an opportunity to see a meteor shower made up of debris from one of the most famous of comets in history: Halley's Comet.
03 May 2014, 01:59 PM ET
Stargazers have a chance to see the five brightest planets in the May night sky, weather permitting. Here's how to see Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury
02 May 2014, 05:35 PM ET
Skywatchers will get a chance to see Jupiter and the moon dazzle in the western sky this weekend (May 3 and 4). Here's how to see it.
02 May 2014, 04:26 PM ET
Earth may pass through the dust trails of Comet 209P/LINEAR's past orbits, and predictions range from 100 to a 'stormy' 1000 meteors an hour. Also, great views of Saturn, Mars and comet PanStarrs (C/2012 K1) will be available throughout the month.
01 May 2014, 11:39 PM ET
Through astronomy, people in rural Tanzania are gaining a new perspective on the universe.
01 May 2014, 10:22 AM ET
A 'moon bounce performance' is slated using artwork in collaboration with visual artist, Daniela DePaulis, and the Dwingeloo Radio Telescope in The Netherlands.
01 May 2014, 09:46 AM ET
See what's up in the night sky for May 2014, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this Space.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
01 May 2014, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in April 2014.
30 April 2014, 12:00 PM ET
Total solar eclipses are one of nature’s grandest events. What is a total solar eclipse? How do they work? And when is the next one? We explain.
30 April 2014, 07:02 AM ET
The European Space Agency's Proba-2 spacecraft captured video of the partial solar eclipse Tuesday (April 29), which on Earth was visible primarily from Australia and Indonesia.
30 April 2014, 01:44 AM ET
We know we live in an expanding universe but it’s also changing color and has been doing so for billions of years.
29 April 2014, 03:10 PM ET
Astrophotographer Dora Miller sent in these photos of a spectacular northern lights show over Alaska on April 20. See what it felt like to see the dazzling aurora display.
29 April 2014, 10:00 AM ET
The year 2014 will be marked by two solar eclipses, with the moon blocking the sun's light on April 29 and Oct. 23. The first solar eclipse of 2014 will be an annular solar eclipse, with the other a partial eclipse.
29 April 2014, 09:33 AM ET
Slooh.com broadcast the eclipse live on April 29th, 2014. Clouds obscured some of the views. It was a total 'ring of fire' lunar eclipse over part of Antarctica.
29 April 2014, 05:27 AM ET
A sunset solar eclipse wowed observers in Australia Tuesday (April 29) during the first solar eclipse of 2014. See photos of the solar eclipse here.
29 April 2014, 03:36 AM ET
The first solar eclipse of 2014 occurred on April 29 as a partial eclipse over Australia and an annular eclipse over Antarctica. See photos from the amazing solar eclipse in this Space.com gallery.
28 April 2014, 03:22 PM ET
Tuesday's "ring of fire" solar eclipse won't be visible to most people here on Earth, but Europe's Proba-2 satellite will aim to capture images of the event for the whole world to see.
28 April 2014, 10:21 AM ET
Star-hop Virgo, Coma Berenices, and Canes Venatici to find the Whirlpool (M51), Sombrero (M104) and Black Eye (M64) galaxies. Find out how where to look in your night sky. Skywatching Guide: http://goo.gl/uETMG9
28 April 2014, 10:09 AM ET
Saturn is close and bright throughout 2014 but maybe best on May 10th ‘opposition,’ its moons visible with telescope. Mars shares the Eastern sky with the ringed gas giant. Skywatching Guide: http://goo.gl/uETMG9
28 April 2014, 02:06 AM ET
The moon will block the sun in the first solar eclipse of the year on Tuesday (April 29), and stargazers in Australia have some of the best seats on the planet. But you don't have to be Down Under to see the sun spectacle — you can watch it online for fre
27 April 2014, 11:00 AM ET
Australians will see the moon cover about 65 percent of the sun's disk in a partial solar eclipse. A small part of Antarctica, however, will witness an annular eclipse, in which a spectacular "ring of fire" blazes in the sky.
26 April 2014, 09:55 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
26 April 2014, 03:11 PM ET
From a massive solar flare to a super-bright meteor exploding over the northern Russian city of Murmansk, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for April 26, 2014.