Skywatching Archive
08 April 2014, 01:57 PM ET
Amazing night sky images from U.S. Air Force personnel.
08 April 2014, 01:52 PM ET
Photographer Osakabe Yasuo captured the stunning moon-and-machine snapshot on March 22 from Yokota Air Base, Japan, as a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globmaster III soared with the moon.
08 April 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Mars and the sun are directly opposite each other in Earth's sky today, which is why the formation is known as an opposition of Mars. You can watch two live shows about the Mars opposition here on Space.com beginning at 7 p.m. EDT tonight.
08 April 2014, 07:00 AM ET
This spectacle of celestial shadows will be the first of two total lunar eclipses that North America will be able to observe in 2014. Unlike an eclipse of the sun, an eclipse of the moon presents no hazards to the viewer. No precautions to protect the eye
07 April 2014, 05:27 PM ET
Planets abound in the night sky this month, which affords good views of Venus, Jupiter and Neptune. And on Tuesday (April 8), Mars will make its closest approach to Earth in more than six years.
07 April 2014, 02:19 PM ET
Mars takes the celestial stage in a rare event Tuesday (April 8) when the planet comes into alignment with Earth and the Sun about one week before an even more spectacular cosmic sight.
07 April 2014, 10:01 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in March 2014.
06 April 2014, 11:15 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
05 April 2014, 04:04 PM ET
From images of a U.S. Air Force Defense Meteorological Satellite Program payload launch into space to an amateur astronomer’s famous moon shot, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for April 5, 2014.
05 April 2014, 08:36 AM ET
An amazing new video posted to YouTube this week purports to show a meteorite hurtling past a skydiver in Norway. The sheer improbability of this close encounter warrants skepticism. But if the video is a hoax, it's a pretty good one.
05 April 2014, 08:00 AM ET
Step outside Sunday (April 6) evening to see a rendezvous of two of the brightest objects in the night sky: the moon and the planet Jupiter.
04 April 2014, 04:15 PM ET
Mars will be exactly opposite the sun in the sky in a rare cosmic alignment set to take place Tuesday (April 8).
01 April 2014, 02:00 PM ET
April features eclipses of the sun and moon, a meteor shower and good opportunities to see Vesta and Ceres, the two biggest bodies in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
31 March 2014, 05:49 PM ET
Weather permitting, some of the best spring stargazing events could be readily visible without the aid of binoculars or a telescope, even from brightly-lit cities. But you'll need to know when and where to look to make the most of the season.
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, 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.