Skywatching Archive
22 May 2014, 07:00 AM ET
NASA is enlisting amateur astronomers to hunt for killer space rocks. The space agency announced Wednesday (May 21) that it has signed a deal with the online observatory Slooh to get citizen scientists to track asteroids.
21 May 2014, 05:01 PM ET
Earth will pass through a trail of comet debris on Friday night (May 23), perhaps setting up a meteor shower of epic proportions. But experts aren't sure just what skywatchers will see.
20 May 2014, 03:07 PM ET
Even if cloudy skies or bright city lights hamper your ability to see a much-anticipated meteor shower this weekend, you can still listen to it on the radio. Meteors can reflect radio waves, which are best heard on the low end of the FM dial.
19 May 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Night sky photographer Matt Pollock captured this spellbinding photo of fireflies flickering in a field beneath the Summer Triangle and Milky Way galaxy. Here's how he did it.
19 May 2014, 08:00 AM ET
A new meteor shower that will blaze up in the early hours of Saturday morning could be spectacular, if Jupiter's gravity has shepherded particles shed by Comet 209P/LINEAR tightly together.
18 May 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Back in the early 1930s, Arcturus made the front page of every newspaper in the United States, when the star was used to symbolically link two great world fairs that were separated by a span of 40 years.
16 May 2014, 08:46 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
16 May 2014, 08:02 PM ET
From two neutron stars merging to Jupiter's shrinking spot, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 17, 2014.
16 May 2014, 07:24 PM ET
From the moon occulting Saturn to the earthgrazer meteor, don't miss these spectacular objects to watch in the night sky.
16 May 2014, 04:40 PM ET
A rare meteor storm, or especially intense meteor shower, could happen if a particular comet was active hundreds of years ago. See how such meteor storms work in this infographic on 'shooting stars.'
16 May 2014, 03:35 PM ET
A rare, long-lasting fireball streaked through the skies of the southeastern the United States Thursday night (May 15), putting on a show for stargazers lucky enough to see it from the ground.
16 May 2014, 11:58 AM ET
A basketball-sized Earthgrazer meteor, not part of any meteor shower, entered Earth's atmosphere at 78,000 mph above Columbia, South Carolina and burned up just north of Chattanooga, Tennessee. It traveled a total of 290 miles.
14 May 2014, 07:30 AM ET
If you go out tonight (May 14) about half an hour after sunset and have clear weather, you will see a number of bright objects in the sky. The brightest of these celestial lights are four of five planets visible to the naked eye this month.
13 May 2014, 11:57 PM ET
The May full moon will rise on Wednesday (May 14), giving stargazers with clear skies in Australia and New Zealand a special treat: a view of Saturn slipping behind the moon. Here's how to see it.
13 May 2014, 11:30 AM ET
Comets PanSTARRS and LINEAR are streaking through the night sky this month, and both should be visible through binoculars or a small telescope, experts say. Comet LINEAR may also spawn a spectacular meteor shower on May 23-24.
12 May 2014, 11:25 AM ET
Saturn will shine bright near the nearly full moon on Tuesday (May 13), just days after the ringed planet reached opposition, its best show of 2014. Here's how to see Saturn near the moon.
12 May 2014, 06:50 AM ET
A new meteor shower spawned by a comet is due to light up the sky next week, with some forecasters predicting up to 200 'shooting stars' per hour, a potentially spectacular opening act for the meteor display.
11 May 2014, 11:26 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
10 May 2014, 01:11 PM ET
From a brilliant image of the Flame Nebula to magnetic 'fingerprints' of the Milky Way, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 10, 2014.
10 May 2014, 12:47 PM ET
From a fireball blazing across the daytime sky to a stunning moonrise over Ocean City, don't miss these spectacular night sky images by stargazers and readers.
10 May 2014, 08:15 AM ET
Saturn will shine at its best since 2007 Saturday (May 10) as it reaches opposition, the opposite side of Earth from the sun. See how to watch the celestial event live online here.
09 May 2014, 04:06 PM ET
Now is a great time for skywatchers in the Northern Hemisphere to view Mercury in the evening sky. This window will remain open through the end of May, giving you plenty of chances to see this so-called "elusive planet" with your own eyes.
09 May 2014, 03:28 PM ET
As the evening twilight deepens on Saturday night, check out the southeastern sky. Weather permitting, you have a chance to see the moon and Mars in a celestial double-play.
09 May 2014, 02:54 AM ET
Capturing Saturn as it slips gently behind the moon.
08 May 2014, 06:10 PM ET
Astrophotographer Amit Ashok Kamble captured two spectacular views of our Milky Way galaxy from Pakiri Beach in New Zealand. See how the space photographer created the amazing galaxy views here.
08 May 2014, 05:00 PM ET
See stunning photos of the night sky and sun as seen by stargazers around the world in this photo gallery for May 2014 made up of images sent in by readers.
08 May 2014, 01:23 PM ET
Astrophotographer Scott MacNeill of Frosty Drew Observatory captured the bright galactic center of the Milky Way and a stunning view of Saturn. See how he did it here.
08 May 2014, 01:02 PM ET
On March 29, 2014, an X-class flare erupted from the right side of the sun and vaulted into history as the best-observed flare of all time. See the photos here.
08 May 2014, 06:30 AM ET
As the moon moves from first quarter to full moon over the next week, it offers stargazers a wonderful opportunity to explore another world.
07 May 2014, 02:11 PM ET
Astrophotographer Jim Abels caught a stunning moonrise over Ocean City, New Jersey. See how he did it here.
07 May 2014, 11:11 AM ET
On May 24th, Earth will for the first time pass through a cloud of dust that comet 209P/LINEAR behind in the 1800's. Experts say it could rival the year's best Perseids shower, with up to 200 meteors per hour.
07 May 2014, 10:40 AM ET
Night sky photographer Terry Hancock captured this amazing image of the Rosette Nebula over three hours during a brisk March night. See how he took this shot under a bright full moon.