Skywatching Archive
14 November 2013, 09:54 PM ET
The Maui Space Surveillance Complex is located 10,000 feet above sea level on top of Haleakala (a dormant volcano). It houses several telescopes that track satellites and space debris. Airman magazine created this stunning time-lapse.
14 November 2013, 05:21 PM ET
Astrophotographer Brian Davis has captured a spectacular view of the Orion Nebula from a driveway in South Carolina. See the amazing Orion Nebula view and a second treat, the Running Man Nebula, as seen by Davis' telescope.
14 November 2013, 01:54 PM ET
Comet ISON is now visible to the naked eye according to many observers. With just two weeks to go before it literally grazes the surface of the sun, the possible 'comet of the century,' Comet ISON has suddenly brightened.
14 November 2013, 01:41 PM ET
On 11 November 2013, Justin Ng ( captured imagery of the comets in the night sky. Comet's C/2012 S1 (ISON) now has 2 long tails and C/2013 R1 (LOVEJOY) is gradually brightening.
14 November 2013, 12:49 PM ET
Three comets are putting on a show for sky watchers in 2013: Pan-STARRS, Lemmon and ISON.
14 November 2013, 07:01 AM ET
The potentially incredible Comet ISON has a companion in the morning sky. The morning sky currently plays host to a newly discovered comet, which is at the present moment is actually higher in the sky, noticeably brighter and easier to see than the most-b
14 November 2013, 07:01 AM ET
Comet ISON will skim just 730,000 miles above the solar surface on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28). If ISON survives this plunge, the icy wanderer could put on quite a show in the ensuing weeks, becoming visible to the naked eye throughout much of December.
13 November 2013, 05:18 PM ET
This week in the hour before sunrise early morning stargazers will get a double treat: the planet Mercury and two special comets.
13 November 2013, 07:01 AM ET
Comet ISON is already visible in binoculars now and could put on a great show next month if it survives its close solar flyby on Nov. 28. Here's a rundown of the best instruments for viewing the incoming sungrazer.
12 November 2013, 11:55 PM ET
Achernar, the ninth-brightest star, is a binary system, with one of the stars rotating extremely quickly.
12 November 2013, 12:05 PM ET
From the frigid northern edge of Sweden, videographer Chad Blakley has captured amazing footage this fall of the Northern Lights, which have been stimulated by a recent uptick in solar activity.
12 November 2013, 07:44 AM ET
While all eyes have been on the potentially dazzling Comet ISON as it approaches the sun, one of the most studied comets in history — called Encke's Comet — will make its closest pass with the sun just one week before ISON.
11 November 2013, 02:14 PM ET
On 9 November 2013, powerful northern lights danced over Abisko National Park in Sweden. Chad Blakley ( captured the show and compiled this time-lapse.
11 November 2013, 11:35 AM ET
Skywatchers around the world have recently used binoculars to spot Comet ISON, which is streaking toward a close encounter with the sun on Nov. 28 that will bring the icy wanderer within just 730,000 miles of the solar surface.
10 November 2013, 11:00 PM ET
A rundown of some of the biggest spacecraft to smash into Earth beyond their operators' control.
09 November 2013, 12:22 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
08 November 2013, 09:22 PM ET
From a bizarre asteroid to the strongest solar flare of 2013, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Nov. 9, 2013.
08 November 2013, 08:48 PM ET
From an astronaut's stunning images taken from space to an eclipse chaser's look at a rare solar eclipse, don't miss these stunning night sky photos by stargazers and readers.
08 November 2013, 04:38 PM ET
Two interacting galaxies shine in the constellation Triangulum in this spectacular image.
08 November 2013, 01:50 PM ET
See amazing solar eclipse and night sky photos taken by readers in November 2013 in this amateur astronomer image gallery.
08 November 2013, 01:25 PM ET
Eclipse chaser Ben Cooper shares what it was like to see the Nov. 3 solar eclipse from a small plane over the Atlantic Ocean. Intersecting the path of totality was like hitting a bullet with a bullet at 44,000 feet altitude.
08 November 2013, 12:00 PM ET
Eclipse chaser Ben Cooper shares what it was like to see the Nov. 3 solar eclipse from a small plane over the Atlantic Ocean. Intersecting the path of totality was like hitting a bullet with a bullet at 44,000 feet altitude.
08 November 2013, 11:26 AM ET
Chad Blakley ( captured the Northern Lights over Lake Torneträsk and Abisko National Park in Sweden on Nov. 7th, 2013. His red headlamp moving across the scene created a lightning-like effect.
08 November 2013, 09:50 AM ET
The moon rises over the city hall of Östersund, Sweden in this image taken by Göran Strand. Strand sent the photo to on Oct. 28, 2013.
08 November 2013, 07:30 AM ET
Comet ISON — a potentially dazzling but so far disappointing comet — appears to finally be brightening.
07 November 2013, 04:30 PM ET
Amateur photographer Kevin Hsu was just finishing up a shift as resident radiologist at Medical Center in the Bronx, N.Y. when he learned NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) moon probe would be soaring across the night sky.
07 November 2013, 02:00 PM ET
Comet ISON assumes a greenish tinge in the photo, which was taken with a 14-inch (36 centimeters) telescope on Oct. 25 at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The comet was about 132 million miles from Earth at the time.
07 November 2013, 10:35 AM ET
Wednesday at around 8pm PST, local news stations received reports of a bright fireball over Southern California, a potential Taurid meteor shower fireball. See the video.
06 November 2013, 05:49 PM ET
The brilliant planet Venus is now a beautiful evening "star" in the late-fall twilight, shining brightly in the southwest through the purple dusk. But did you know Venus has phases like the moon that are visible in telescopes?
06 November 2013, 05:14 PM ET
The moon will pass just north of the planet Venus tonight (Nov. 6), making a pretty pairing in the southwestern sky, weather permitting.
06 November 2013, 04:48 PM ET
How much do you know about comets?
06 November 2013, 01:01 PM ET
See photos of an apparent meteor that lit up the Russian sky on Feb. 15, 2013, and created a massive blast.