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11 December 2013, 05:27 PM ET
The Geminid meteor shower — one of the most spectacular meteor displays of the year — is peaking this weekend, but some stargazers in Arizona were treated to an early cosmic show Tuesday night (Dec. 10).
11 December 2013, 02:48 PM ET
Time-lapse of the observatories atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii created by Sean Goebel.
11 December 2013, 10:31 AM ET
See amazing images by dedicated night sky observers and amateur astronomers alike.
11 December 2013, 09:30 AM ET
Comet ISON, discovered by two amateur astronomers in Russia, arrived in Earth's neighborhood in November 2013 and apparently broke up as it rounded the sun.
11 December 2013, 09:26 AM ET
The much-anticipated Comet ISON will swing through the inner solar system in late 2013 as scientists watch. See SPACE.com's latest news, photos, videos and ways to observe Comet ISON as it swings by Earth and the sun.
11 December 2013, 06:20 AM ET
Comet ISON broke apart during its highly anticipated solar flyby on Nov. 28, emerging from behind the sun as a diffuse cloud of dust that has since dissipated in the darkness of deep space, scientists say.
09 December 2013, 04:20 PM ET
Scientists had always characterized comets and asteroids as completely different before NASA's Stardust Mission.
09 December 2013, 04:03 PM ET
This week marks the peak of what is usually considered the most satisfying of all annual meteor displays: the Geminid meteor shower.
09 December 2013, 03:56 PM ET
Andrew Kwon took this image of Jupiter on Nov. 20 from his backyard observatory in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
09 December 2013, 01:29 PM ET
Northern Lights dance over a farmhouse in this jaw-dropping night sky photo recently sent to SPACE.com.
08 December 2013, 02:38 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
08 December 2013, 01:06 PM ET
From an amazing video of the mysterious six-sided vortex spinning around Saturn's north pole to some stunning photos of Comet Lovejoy C/2013 R1, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Dec. 8, 2013.
06 December 2013, 05:50 PM ET
Japanese Astronaut Koichi Wakata managed to see Comet ISON's tail from the International Space Station before it disintegrated on its pass around the sun.
06 December 2013, 03:22 PM ET
Comet Lovejoy is putting on a show for sky watchers in 2013.
05 December 2013, 04:33 PM ET
Venus is shining at its brightest in the low southwestern night sky just after sunset, making it a fine time for stargazers to observe the brilliant planet, weather permitting. Here is how to see Venus with the unaided eye, telescopes or binoculars.
05 December 2013, 12:18 PM ET
On Nov 24th and 28th, 2013, Kevin Fetter of Brockville, Ontario captured imagery of the U.S. Air Force's X-37B space plane in the night sky. Orbiting Earth for over year, the mission's purpose and capability is "in the black."
04 December 2013, 12:12 PM ET
Venus shines its brightest at 4.9 magnitude this month, the Geminid Meteor Shower peaks in mid December and more!. In the market for a telescope? - Click the blue 'SHOP' link above.
02 December 2013, 06:58 PM ET
On winter evenings, a large cosmic figure, known as the Autumn Dipper, can be seen in the sky. This configuration looks like a much larger and brighter version of the Little Dipper.
02 December 2013, 06:31 PM ET
The celestial saga continues for Comet ISON, which crept close to the sun like the fabled Icarus, only to apparently survive the encounter in at least a tenuous form. But whether Comet ISON will again be visible to the naked eye is far from certain.
02 December 2013, 02:59 PM ET
Now that autumn is fading into winter, the beautiful winter Milky Way is coming into view in the eastern sky.
02 December 2013, 01:53 PM ET
A black dwarf is all that is left after a white dwarf star burns off all of its heat, but retains its mass.
02 December 2013, 01:49 PM ET
Brown dwarfs never burn fusion at their core, so scientists sometimes refer to them as "failed stars."
02 December 2013, 12:20 PM ET
See what's up in the night sky for December 2013, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this SPACE.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
01 December 2013, 02:26 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
01 December 2013, 12:44 PM ET
From a stunning image of the Dragon's Head Nebula to a photo of Comet ISON as seen by a NASA Mercury Probe, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Dec. 1, 2013.
01 December 2013, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in SPACE.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in November 2013.
29 November 2013, 09:30 AM ET
See photos of the comet C/2012 S1 (ISON), or Comet ISON, which could amaze the world in late 2013.
29 November 2013, 09:29 AM ET
The potentially dazzling Comet ISON will make its closest pass with the sun on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28). The comet's brightness will probably rapidly increase as it passes nearly 730,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) above the surface of the sun.
29 November 2013, 09:28 AM ET
Call it a cosmic holiday miracle. The much-anticipated Comet ISON appeared to disintegrate during its Thanksgiving Day slingshot around the sun Thursday, but something — it seems — may have survived.
28 November 2013, 07:10 AM ET
Comet ISON is slated to skim just 684,000 miles above the surface of the sun today (Nov. 28) in a maneuver that skywatchers and scientists alike have been anticipating since the comet's discovery in September 2012. Watch it live h
27 November 2013, 05:25 PM ET
Astronomers all over the world are training their eyes and telescopes on Comet ISON as it approaches its closest distance to the sun on Thursday (Nov. 28), with several unblinking space telescopes offering live views of the comet's solar encounter.
27 November 2013, 10:37 AM ET
The icy Comet ISON from the depths of deep space will either meet its doom or transform into a cosmic spectacle when it whips around the sun Thursday (Nov. 28) in a Thanksgiving Day treat for NASA and scientists around the world.