Skywatching Archive
03 February 2015, 04:52 PM ET
Feb. 2 is Groundhog Day, when a large rodent is expected to predict the weather. What can astronomy reveal about what's in store for the cold months ahead?
03 February 2015, 03:19 PM ET
If your sky is clear early this evening, about an hour after sundown, you might be able to see the February full moon — sometimes known as the 'Snow Moon' — shining with the giant planet Jupiter in the east-northeast sky. Jupiter should be located to the
02 February 2015, 11:08 AM ET
See what's up in the night sky for February 2015, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
02 February 2015, 11:00 AM ET
Amateur astronomer Keith Hanssen took this image of the Orion Nebula in November from Montana.
02 February 2015, 10:20 AM ET
Amateur astrophotographer Béla Papp took this picturesque moonlit scene near the village of Óbánya in southwest Hungary.
01 February 2015, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in's gallery of cosmic images posted in January 2015.
30 January 2015, 04:56 PM ET
Juno, the third largest asteroid in the night sky, is currently visible with binoculars, if you know when and where to look. Here's how to use the bright planet Jupiter and two constellations as your guide.
30 January 2015, 04:17 PM ET
When is the best time to observe the moon with a telescope? Most astronomy neophytes might say it is when it's at full phase, but that’s probably the worst time to look at it! The best time to see the moon is during its first and last quarter phases.
30 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Comet Lovejoy came within 120 million miles (193 million kilometers) of the sun early Friday. A bright and waxing moon makes spotting Lovejoy tough at the moment, but good viewing opportunities should open up in a week or so.
29 January 2015, 01:07 PM ET
A pairing of Venus and Mars will grace the western sky at sunset throughout February 2015. On Friday the 20th, the crescent moon joins the band. Orion and Canis Major take the stage in the southern sky. Watch for Saturn and Jupiter too.
29 January 2015, 06:30 AM ET
Comet Lovejoy will make its closest approach to the sun on Jan. 30. To mark the occasion, the Slooh Community Observatory is hosting a live webcast Thursday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. EST (2030 GMT). Watch it here at
28 January 2015, 06:20 PM ET
The stars and constellations seen from Mars would be similar to those seen from Earth, but the Red Planet's two moons would be quite a sight for Martian explorers.
26 January 2015, 04:06 PM ET
A mountain-size asteroid buzzed Earth Monday morning (Jan. 26) in a close encounter that's already revealing new information about the space rock, including an improved measurement of its size and confirmation of at least one moon.
26 January 2015, 09:12 AM ET
A huge asteroid will become the largest space rock of its kind to pass closest to Earth until 2027 today (Jan. 26) when it zooms safely by Earth beyond the orbit of the moon. You can see the space rock's flyby live online.
22 January 2015, 03:41 PM ET
On Friday night (Jan. 23), observers all across North America will witness a rare event when three of Jupiter’s moons, and their shadows, pass across the face of the giant planet. The next such "triple transit" won't occur until 2032.
22 January 2015, 11:33 AM ET
See stunning photos of the night sky and sun as seen by stargazers around the world in this photo gallery for January 2015 made up of images sent in by readers.
21 January 2015, 02:52 PM ET
An amazing new time-lapse video shows the Milky Way, dancing auroras and skies full of stars above stunning locations in areas free of light pollution.
20 January 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Astrophotographer Jaspal Chadha took this image over four nights in December 2014 and January 2015.
15 January 2015, 04:52 PM ET
There are always interesting and unusual things to see in the night sky, even if you don’t own a telescope. Saturn, the moon and several other night sky objects are currently starring in a celestial show before sunrise, but only for those early birds who
15 January 2015, 04:31 PM ET
Early Friday morning, if skies are clear, you have a good chance to catch sight of a lovely waning crescent moon pairing off with the ringed wonder of the solar system: the planet Saturn.
15 January 2015, 07:27 AM ET
While most full moons of the year look similar, they each have unique names. Full moon names date back to Native Americans, living in what is now the northern and eastern United States.
14 January 2015, 05:40 PM ET
A large asteroid about a third of a mile wide will buzz safely by Earth on Jan. 26, and mark the planet's closest encounter with a space rock of its size until 2027.
14 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
On Dec. 29, CIA officials suggested via Twitter that many UFOs reported in the 1950s and '60s were actually high-flying U-2 spy planes.
13 January 2015, 10:00 PM ET
The universe was born with the Big Bang as an unimaginably hot, dense point. offers an overview of the universe and its history, age and structure.
13 January 2015, 05:21 PM ET
New images and a movie show Comet Lovejoy in all its glowing green glory.
13 January 2015, 03:17 PM ET
Watch the shimmering parade of surface feature names dance in step with the moving terminator as Luna's phase, libration and position angles during the year’s course are animated and time-stamped.
13 January 2015, 11:30 AM ET
This stunning image shows a bright supernova in the Superwind galaxy taken on Jan. 2 by astrophotographer Justin Ng.
11 January 2015, 10:16 AM ET
This incredible time-lapse of Earth from space was created from about 12,500 images taken by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst during his six-month stay on the International Space Station.
09 January 2015, 02:52 PM ET
SpaceX is set to launch its Dragon spacecraft in the wee hours of Saturday, Jan. 10, and the predawn Falcon 9 rocket liftoff just might be visible to early-bird skywatchers long the U.S. East Coast. Here's how to see it.
09 January 2015, 02:30 PM ET
Amateur astronomers captured amazing photos of a bright comet as it raced across the sky this week. See the amazing photos from Tyler Leavitt in Las Vegas and Chad Bakley in Cape May, New Jersey.
09 January 2015, 11:50 AM ET
Binoculars are great for all kinds of stargazing, for beginners and seasoned veterans alike. Here are some of the best binoculars for astronomy.