Skywatching Archive
31 March 2014, 02:48 PM ET
Red Mars' close encounter with Earth, a 'red moon' total lunar eclipse (visible from North America) and the Lyrid meteor shower will highlight the month of April 2014. Also, the mornings and evenings will showcase Jupiter, Saturn and Venus.
31 March 2014, 09:50 AM ET
Mars and Earth will only be 92 million miles apart at closest encounter in April 2014, called ‘opposition’. Mars will appear red-gold, glowing brighter than first magnitude stars. Only Jupiter, the Moon and Venus before sunrise will be brighter.
30 March 2014, 01:45 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
30 March 2014, 07:00 AM ET
You wouldn't think that a water snake, a crow and a goblet would have any kind of connection with each other, but all three are tied together in a strange story that spans across the current evening sky. Here's how to see them.
29 March 2014, 02:36 PM ET
From rings around an asteroid to a shimmering rainbow of colors captured on camera above Venus, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for March 29, 2014.
29 March 2014, 02:00 PM ET
From brilliant images from Arizona's Kitt Peak Observatory to a spectacular image of 'Seven Sisters,' don't miss these amazing night sky images by stargazers and Space.com readers.
28 March 2014, 05:10 PM ET
In the northern spring, an astronomer's fancy turns to galaxies. Deep sky observers turn their attention away from the nearby star clusters and nebulas within our Milky Way, and begin to look beyond our own galaxy towards the farther reaches of space. Her
28 March 2014, 02:08 PM ET
Dog lovers, look up! Skywatchers can now spot four canine constellations prowling the evening sky as darkness falls.
28 March 2014, 11:00 AM ET
See what's up in the night sky for April 2014, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this Space.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
27 March 2014, 05:51 PM ET
Astrophotographer Chuck Manges of Hooversville, Pa., took this amazing photo of the Seven Sisters, aka the Pleiades star cluster. See how he did it here.
27 March 2014, 05:00 PM ET
Astrophotographer Robert Fields captured this photo of Messier 42, or the Orion nebula, from Irvington Observatory of Howell Twp, Miss. See how he made its crazy colors here.
27 March 2014, 04:56 PM ET
See photos and images of the Mars-bound comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring, which will buzz the Red Planet on Oct. 19, 2014. Comet Siding Spring was discovered in January 2013. Its pass through the inner solar system will be closely watched by Mars probes.
27 March 2014, 03:09 PM ET
A new Hubble image, captured on March 11, shows what appear to be two jets of dust coming off the nucleus of Comet Siding Spring, which on Oct. 19 will miss Mars by just 84,000 miles — about one-third the distance between Earth and the moon.
27 March 2014, 02:45 PM ET
A series of four lunar eclipses spaced 6 months apart will begin on April 15th, and all of the eclipses will be visible for much of the United States.
27 March 2014, 11:42 AM ET
Skywatcher Kevin Fetter of Brockville, Ontario in Canada shot this March 9, 2014 video of the U.S. military's X-37B space plane passing by the moon. The robotic US Air Force space plane surpassed 470 days in orbit, an endurance record, in March 2014.
26 March 2014, 07:08 PM ET
Early-bird skywatchers take note: If weather permits early Thursday (March 27), a celestial treat awaits observers who venture outside an hour before sunrise as two of the brightest objects in the night sky, Venus and the moon, shine together.
26 March 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Chariklo is the first asteroid discovered to have it's own ring system, and only the fifth body in the solar system. The largest of a class of asteroids known as Centaurs that orbit between Uranus and Saturn, Charriklo has two distinct, narrow rings.
25 March 2014, 04:00 PM ET
The Kitt Peak National Observatory is about 50 miles outside of Tucson on a remote mountaintop that rises high above the Sonoran Desert. Just below the summit, the 4-meter Mayall telescope is the largest optical telescope on the mountain.
25 March 2014, 02:46 PM ET
This 360-degree mosaic panorama of the Milky Way was taken over ten years by the Spitzer Space Telescope.
25 March 2014, 02:25 PM ET
After 10 years capturing 2 million infrared snapshots of our galaxy using the Spitzer Space Telescope, NASA has created a 360-degree panoramic view of our galaxy, showing stars from across the 100,000 light years of the milky way.
23 March 2014, 12:32 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
22 March 2014, 01:27 PM ET
From stunning 3D Views of the universe to an HD moon map revealing a lunar North Pole like never before, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for March 22, 2014.
22 March 2014, 01:05 PM ET
From dazzling stars over Arizona's Kitt Peak, to a telescope-building skywatcher's early experiences capturing Halley's Comet, don't miss these spectacular night sky images by stargazers and Space.com readers.
21 March 2014, 06:21 AM ET
See stunning photos of the night sky and sun as seen by stargazers around the world in this Space.com photo gallery for March 2014 made up of images sent in by Space.com readers.
21 March 2014, 06:00 AM ET
This week, I spent my first night under the stars at Kitt Peak in southern Arizona, and I tried to take some pictures of bright spots in the sky.
20 March 2014, 06:04 PM ET
7 Western University (Ontario) all-sky cameras and two operated by NASA recorded the fireball over the northern shore of Lake Erie on Mar. 18, 2014. Golf ball or softball-sized fragments may have reach the ground northwest of St. Thomas, Ontario.
20 March 2014, 05:40 PM ET
Scientists are rushing to a possible meteorite impact site in southwestern Ontario, Canada, after a bright fireball lit up the skies there Tuesday night (March 18). The basketball-sized fireball was spotted at 10:24 p.m. local time in seven cameras.
20 March 2014, 03:18 PM ET
Spring has officially begun in the Northern Hemisphere and the brilliant planet Saturn is kicking the stargazing season with a celestial meet-up with the moon overnight tonight and Friday (March 20 and 21).
20 March 2014, 06:00 AM ET
The weather did not cooperate for night owls hoping to see a rare celestial sight in the wee hours of Thursday morning (March 20). Skywatchers stayed up late hoping to see the huge asteroid 163 Erigone pass in front of the bright star Regulus.
19 March 2014, 04:31 PM ET
Get a little tipsy at your favorite bar while checking out a very rare cosmic treat happening above New York City tonight: An asteroid the size of Rhode Island will pass in front of one of the brightest stars in the night sky during the wee hours.
19 March 2014, 01:49 PM ET
Avid astrophotographer Mike Taylor captured this amazing image of the Milky Way galaxy, planet Venus and dazzling meteor on March 4, 2014. See how he did it.
19 March 2014, 01:31 PM ET
Photographer Matt Hartman captured this stunning image of an airplane streaking across a huge Full 'Worm' Moon on Sunday (March 16) as full moon of March lit up the Los Angeles sky.