Skywatching Archive
04 March 2014, 11:04 AM ET
The late astronomer Carl Sagan has inspired scientists, astronauts and the world with his work popularizing science and astronomy. See the long-lasting legacy of Sagan, an astronomy educator for the ages, in this gallery.
03 March 2014, 06:24 PM ET
A new star explosion has been discovered in the galaxy M82, the Cigar Galaxy, 12 million light-years from Earth. See amazing images of the supernova here.
03 March 2014, 04:12 PM ET
A great case in point is the constellation Orion, which currently stands high toward the south as night falls. During the summer season, our attention turns to Scorpius, the brightest of the 12 zodiacal constellations. And then there’s the lowly crab …
03 March 2014, 03:38 PM ET
Spotting Jupiter is a treat for all stargazers. For observers in the Northern Hemisphere, it is high overhead as the sky gets dark in the evening, and shines brightly most of the night, setting in the northwest around 3 a.m. EST (0800 GMT).
03 March 2014, 02:56 PM ET
See some of the wildest space tech concepts, as well as technologies needed to ensure humanity's expansion across the solar system.
03 March 2014, 02:36 PM ET
The bright stars and star clusters of the constellation Gemini are on display along with post sunset sightings of Jupiter and Mars. Saturn and Venus make early morning appearances.
03 March 2014, 01:16 PM ET
See what's up in the night sky for March 2014, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
03 March 2014, 11:46 AM ET
Justin Ng ( contrast-stretched digital images to reveal the Milky Way above Singapore along with a rising Venus. The city’s many uncontrolled lights and hazy skies usually conspire to hide the cosmos.
01 March 2014, 09:20 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
01 March 2014, 12:34 PM ET
From spectacular images of NASA's GPM mission launch from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan to amazing views of Martian sand dunes, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for March 1, 2014.
01 March 2014, 11:36 AM ET
From a jaw-dropping stargazing adventure to Indonesia's Mount Bromo, to intense auroras grooving over several Swedish Lapland locations, don't miss these spectacular night sky images by stargazers and readers.
01 March 2014, 12:01 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in's gallery of cosmic images posted in February 2014.
28 February 2014, 10:34 AM ET
After seeing incredible sunrise photos of Mount Bromo — an active volcano in Indonesia — I decided that it was time to pay it a visit.
28 February 2014, 10:13 AM ET
Astrophotographer Justin Ng took a trip to Mount Bromo in Indonesia. See the amazing photographs here.
27 February 2014, 05:20 PM ET
The dazzling northern lights dance in a stunning display over Swedish Mountains in these beautiful images and video captured by aurora photographer Chad Blakely of Lights Over Lapland.
27 February 2014, 11:16 AM ET
See stunning photos of Earth's dancing northern lights with these amazing aurora photos from Earth and space in 2014. Astronauts on the International Space Station captured the aurora views from orbit.
25 February 2014, 11:34 AM ET
Venus has returned to the early morning sky, establishing itself as a dazzling morning lantern. The planet is emerging into view from beyond the east-southeast horizon soon after 4:00 a.m. local standard time.
25 February 2014, 07:00 AM ET
A massive telescope triple the size of the world's largest current optical telescopes is set to begin construction on Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano in late spring or early summer.
25 February 2014, 07:00 AM ET
See images of space-themed postage stamps from the United States and around the world that celebrate space exploration.
24 February 2014, 03:00 PM ET
Images from a recent tour of the Tanegashima Space Center where JAXA plans to launch an H-IIA rocket carrying the GPM Core Observatory on Feb. 28, 2014.
24 February 2014, 02:50 PM ET
Night sky photographer captures spectacular images from recent gathering of astrophotography friends on the shores of New Hampshire’s Wallis Sands State Park.
24 February 2014, 06:30 AM ET
Probably the most eye-catching object these cold winter evenings lies well up in the southeast sky soon after dark — Jupiter. The largest planet in our solar system is spending 2014 within the constellation Gemini, the Twins.
23 February 2014, 09:33 PM ET
Chad Blakley ( captured the powerful northern lights dancing in the night sky over several Swedish Lapland locations on Feb 21st, 2014. The final scene contains a small hotel in high altitude Sweden.
23 February 2014, 12:01 PM ET
From a blazing supernova remnant to a smokin' hot supermodel, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Feb. 22, 2014.
23 February 2014, 12:00 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
21 February 2014, 07:20 AM ET
Early on Saturday morning (Feb. 22), if skies are clear, you’ll have an opportunity to catch sight of the last quarter moon pairing off the ringed wonder of the solar system, Saturn.
21 February 2014, 07:20 AM ET
In our current late evening sky, we have three constellations that represent no fewer than four dogs. They're sharing space with three big cats, Leo, Leo Minor, and Lynx, which are all found relatively close together.
20 February 2014, 03:36 PM ET
Although asteroids figure large in doomsday predictions, science fiction stories and video games, most stargazers have never actually seen one with their own eyes. This week you will get an opportunity to observe one of the largest asteroids.
20 February 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Officials with the Slooh Space Camera are urging the public to help find the asteroid 2000 EM26, which hasn't been seen since March 14, 2000, just nine days after its discovery.
20 February 2014, 01:02 AM ET
You don't have to grind your own lenses to build your own telescope.
19 February 2014, 06:00 AM ET
Bright star cluster M7 (NGC 6475, the ‘Ptolemy Cluster') appears near the tail of the Constellation Scorpius. This new image from the ESO's La Silla Observatory features these stars, chemically similar to our Sun. Celestial soundtrack by 'Super 400'.
18 February 2014, 05:50 PM ET
If your weather is clear Wednesday night (Feb. 19), take a look at the sky toward the east-southeast horizon to spot a 'celestrial triangle' formed by the moon, a bright star and an even brighter planet: Mars.