Skywatching Archive
04 September 2014, 04:18 PM ET
Shining almost directly overhead as darkness falls these days is the brilliant star Vega, in the constellation of Lyra, the Harp. Vega is the fifth-brightest star in the night sky and the third-brightest visible from midnorthern latitudes.
04 September 2014, 02:52 PM ET
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks host some of the nation's biggest trees and tallest mountains. But the side-by-side parks in a remote corner of California also preserve some of the most dramatic views of the night sky.
04 September 2014, 02:15 PM ET
An asteroid will make a close brush with Earth on Sunday, passing by the planet well inside the orbit of the moon.
04 September 2014, 12:20 PM ET
See stunning photos of the night sky and sun as seen by stargazers around the world in this Space.com photo gallery for September 2014 made up of images sent in by Space.com readers.
02 September 2014, 10:53 AM ET
In the evening, Mars and Saturn can be seen in the southwestern sky. Jupiter can be viewed in the eastern sky in the early morning hours. Also, the Moon adds additional light for farmers to harvest their crops.
02 September 2014, 10:33 AM ET
The constellations of Aquarius (God of the Waters) and Capricornus (The Water Goat) hold a bevy of skywatching targets. The M2 star cluster in Aquarius harbors about 150,000 stars.
02 September 2014, 10:08 AM ET
The reflection of sunlight off of cosmic dust particle creates the effect known as "zodiacal light", sometimes called the "false dawn." (Best seen from mid-September to early October).
02 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The parent company of a group that provides free telescope views over the Internet has received a Connecticut government grant of $30,000 to buy a new telescope.
31 August 2014, 01:06 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
30 August 2014, 12:22 PM ET
From donning a new space suit to a beautiful star explosion, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Aug. 30, 2014.
30 August 2014, 09:03 AM ET
Look up this Labor Day weekend to see a lovely celestial tableau in the southwestern part of the evening sky.
29 August 2014, 07:30 AM ET
The action starts at 8 p.m. EDT, when the Slooh Community Observatory will air a four-hour show to mark an alignment of Neptune, Earth and the sun. Then Slooh will cover the flyby of near-Earth asteroid 2002 CU11. You can watch live at Space.com.
28 August 2014, 05:16 PM ET
See what's up in the night sky for September 2014, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this Space.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
28 August 2014, 03:12 PM ET
Neptune will appear directly opposite the sun in the sky tomorrow (Aug. 29), but despite the clear view of the planet from Earth, the truth about the person who first discovered the distant planet remains cloudy.
28 August 2014, 11:56 AM ET
Skywatcher Kevin Fetter of Brockville, Ontario in Canada captured imagery of the US Air Force's X-37B passing above the moon and over bright star Rigel in March 2014. He also captured an overhead pass in August 2014.
23 August 2014, 11:55 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
23 August 2014, 02:20 PM ET
From dramatic star formation to Russia's next-generation rocket, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Aug. 23, 2014.
23 August 2014, 12:54 PM ET
From Venus and Jupiter taking center stage, to spectacular auroras, don't miss these amazing objects to watch in the night sky.
22 August 2014, 06:31 PM ET
NASA astronaut Steven Nagel, who flew on four space shuttle missions, died on Thursday, Aug. 21. He was 67. Nagel died after a long battle with cancer, the Association of Space Explorers reported.
22 August 2014, 05:50 PM ET
One of the smallest constellations in the Northern Hemisphere is reaching its highest point in the sky at around midnight local daylight time this week.
22 August 2014, 04:46 PM ET
The three brightest objects in the night sky are set to create a spectacular triangle Saturday (Aug. 23) morning, and weather permitting, early-rising skywatchers should be able to catch the celestial action.
22 August 2014, 02:50 PM ET
Early-rising stargazers were treated to an amazing view of the two brightest planets closely aligned in the morning sky Monday (Aug. 18).
22 August 2014, 10:18 AM ET
On Aug. 18, 2014, Venus and Jupiter took center stage in a stunning pre-dawn celestial conjunction. See amazing photos by stargazers of Venus and Jupiter together in the early-morning sky.
21 August 2014, 04:05 PM ET
Late summer is one of the best times of year to view the full splendor of our galaxy, the Milky Way. Seeing the Milky Way requires a special effort for most of us, but it's well worth the trouble.
19 August 2014, 07:02 PM ET
A meteorite that crashed into a California house in November 2012 can be traced back to the giant impact that formed Earth's moon 4.5 billion years ago, a new study reveals. Astronomers have reconstructed the violent history of the Novato meteorite.
19 August 2014, 10:45 AM ET
John Nelson took this image of the crescent moon from the Pacific Northwest. See how he did it here.
17 August 2014, 09:56 AM ET
The two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, will appear super-close together before sunrise on Monday morning (Aug. 18), and it's just the kickoff for a week of early-bird observing by stargazers.
15 August 2014, 03:46 PM ET
Get up early any morning this week to see a spectacular cosmic treat: two morning "stars" dancing at dawn.
15 August 2014, 02:39 PM ET
The morning star and the gas giant start their convergence on Aug 15th and it culminates in a 'cosmic triangle' when a slender crescent moon joins the party on August 23rd.
13 August 2014, 05:45 PM ET
Astrophotographer Giuseppe Petricca captured the colorful conjuction of the moon, Mars and Spica in this image.See how astrophotographer Giuseppe Petricca captured the photo here.
13 August 2014, 04:21 PM ET
Intrepid photographers in dark parts of the world managed to capture some stunning photos of the Perseid meteor shower as it hit its peak, despite the bright light of a nearly full moon.
13 August 2014, 04:00 PM ET
This image was taken by astrophotographer Amit Kamble from a dark sky site near Foxton, New Zealand on July 27. See how he did it here.