Skywatching Archive
18 December 2014, 03:10 AM ET
The Little Dipper is an asterism (star pattern) in the larger constellation of Ursa Minor, the Little Bear. The most famous star in the constellation is Polaris.
16 December 2014, 09:41 PM ET
Learn how stars form, how stars and constellations are named, what happens when stars like our sun evolve, and ultimately, die.
16 December 2014, 04:21 PM ET
Maxim Senin compiled over 15,000 photos taken on the evening of Dec. 12th into the early morning hours of Dec. 13th. Up to 5 meteor per minute could be seen even through the light pollution of the major U.S. city.
16 December 2014, 01:05 PM ET
A storm over central South Dakota provided these stunning images for astrophotographer Randy Halverson.
15 December 2014, 01:40 PM ET
Skywatchers with telescopes on Earth will be able to witness a remarkable cosmic event tonght: Two of Jupiter's moons will cast shadows on the face of the gas giant in the same night.
15 December 2014, 12:56 PM ET
The night sky turned into a shooting gallery on Dec. 14th, 2014, as the annual meteor shower lit up the skies with the debris from asteroid 3200 Phaethon.
15 December 2014, 11:56 AM ET
The Geminid meteor shower amazed skywatchers willing to brave the cold to catch the annual display this weekend.
15 December 2014, 10:43 AM ET
Gemind meteors rained down in 2014. See photos of the 2014 Geminid meteor shower in this Space.com gallery.
15 December 2014, 08:01 AM ET
Astrophotographer Jason Matias took this image in July 2014 above the High Atlas mountains in sub-Saharan Morocco.
13 December 2014, 12:16 PM ET
From what looks like a freshly baked pie on Mars to a great shot of Dwarf Planet Ceres, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Dec. 13, 2014.
13 December 2014, 07:26 AM ET
See the Geminid meteor shower peak tonight (Dec. 13) through three webcasts airing live online.
12 December 2014, 10:31 AM ET
The spectacular Geminid Meteor shower hits peak activity this weekend. Though competing with some unfortunate moonlight, the shower still should make for a must-see astronomical event.
09 December 2014, 10:17 PM ET
Learn how our solar system formed, how it was discovered and the names of the planets, dwarf planets and regions of space that orbit our sun.
09 December 2014, 12:19 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 December 2014 made up of images sent in by Space.com readers.
09 December 2014, 12:00 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 November 2014 made up of images sent in by Space.com readers.
08 December 2014, 03:55 PM ET
One of the treats awaiting owners of a new telescope is their first look at the giant planet Jupiter and its four tiny moons.
04 December 2014, 11:32 AM ET
The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) will be able to gather 13X more light than any optical telescope in existence and with its adaptive optics will provide sharper resolution than the NASA/ESA Space Telescope.
02 December 2014, 11:00 AM ET
With luck, skywatchers can catch sight of the five brightest planets in the sky this month. Mercury, Mars, Venus, Saturn and Jupiter should all be on display.
01 December 2014, 07:50 PM ET
The two constellations hold a bevy of star clusters ripe for gazing in December. Also, Mars, Jupiter and Venus are the evening planets to look for and Saturn before sunrise. Lastly, the Geminid meteor show peaks on the night of Dec. 13th to 14th.
01 December 2014, 05:03 PM ET
Christmas is a great time to look for a telescope for your budding amateur astronomer. But there are some things to keep in mind when buying a telescope. Here are some tips and features to consider when looking for astronomy telescopes and binoculars.
01 December 2014, 03:43 PM ET
First the Geminids (12/13-12/15) and then the Ursid (12/22-12/23) meteors will 'rain' in the night sky in December. Also, Jupiter, Venus, Mercury, Mars, Uranus and Neptune are great skywatching targets. Comet PanSTARRS and comet Siding Spring are vi
01 December 2014, 11:00 AM ET
See what's up in the night sky for December 2014, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this SPACE.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
01 December 2014, 10:19 AM ET
Several Americans spent the holiday on top of Mt. Noulja in Abisko National Park on Nov. 27th, 2014. They were treated to an intense northern lights display which was captured by photographer/tour guide Chad Blakley (lightsoverlapland.com).
01 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
This stunning image shows a plane appearing to pass before the sun. Astrophotographer Michael Sanders captured the image from Bangkok, Thailand.
01 December 2014, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in November 2014.
28 November 2014, 07:24 AM ET
These amazing images show the planet Mars passing below two nebulas. Astrophotographer Derek Demeter took the images from the Stardust Ranch in Okeechobee, Florida.
27 November 2014, 07:11 AM ET
To a casual stargazer, most stars look the same. Some may be brighter, others dimmer, but for the most part, they are all variations on the same theme. All stars are so far away that we see them only as pinpoints of light.
26 November 2014, 02:12 PM ET
Oberwerk's Ultra 15x70 are a wonderful balance of size, weight and optical performance. Space.com's Editors chose them over all others, except one. Medium binoculars can be mounted or handheld if braced.
26 November 2014, 02:11 PM ET
The Orion Astronomy 20x80 Binoculars are really a pair of refracting telescopes. They are our second favorite pair of large astronomy binoculars.
26 November 2014, 02:06 PM ET
Celestron's Cometron 7 x 50 offers remarkable views and excellent value for a low price. Space.com's editors chose them over all others, except one. These small binoculars are easy to carry and superb for kids.
26 November 2014, 09:52 AM ET
Observers with keen eyes will be able to see two little-spotted planets in the night sky this season.
25 November 2014, 07:20 AM ET
This evening, look low near the west-southwest horizon about an hour after sunset for a slender (14 percent illuminated) crescent moon. Mars will sit about 9 degrees to the left of the moon.