Skywatching Archive
18 December 2013, 07:30 AM ET
Step outside Wednesday evening and look to the east-northeast sky for a surprising celestial sight. If you're outside around 6:30 p.m. EST (2330 GMT) and weather permits, the first striking view you might get is the moon. It will be one night past full.
16 December 2013, 04:00 PM ET
Former NASA scientist Fred Herrmann of Huntsville, Ala., submitted this view of the Tarantula Nebula to on Dec. 1. See how he used a remotely operated telescope to capture the stunning view.
16 December 2013, 01:42 PM ET
One of the best meteor showers of the year wowed skywatchers during its peak last weekend, and some stargazers took the opportunity to snap incredible photos of the cosmic display.
15 December 2013, 04:18 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
15 December 2013, 02:54 PM ET
From amazing photos of the “Jade Rabbit” rover basking in Lunar Bay of Rainbows to stunning images of the Geminid meteor shower, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Dec. 15, 2013.
15 December 2013, 02:10 PM ET
From amazing images of the Geminid meteor shower to cosmic “tadpoles,” don't miss these stunning night sky photos by stargazers and readers.
15 December 2013, 07:55 AM ET
See amazing photos of the 2013 Geminid meteor shower sent to by stargazers, amateur astronomers and veteran night sky photographers.
13 December 2013, 07:09 PM ET
The meteor shower peaks on December 13 and 14, 2013 and NASA is all over it. The shower will be fairly active through December 16th, though the moonlight will cause some interference.
13 December 2013, 06:19 PM ET
Central in the southern sky is the constellation Orion the Hunter. Along with the Big Dipper, this is probably the most easily recognized constellation, and the starting place for a stargazing adventure.
13 December 2013, 06:10 PM ET
Stargazer John Chumack snapped two beautiful images of Comet Lovejoy and shared them with See them here.
13 December 2013, 05:00 PM ET
Astrophotographer Steve Coates captured this beautiful image of cosmic 'tadpoles' in space created by dust from an emission nebula and stellar winds from a nearby star cluster. See how he did it here.
13 December 2013, 07:01 AM ET
One of the best meteor showers of the year is set to put on a performance tonight (Dec. 13), but if you can't catch the cosmic display in person, you can watch it live online.
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'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
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.