Skywatching Archive
10 February 2014, 11:52 AM ET
If your sky is clear tonight (Feb. 10), be sure to check out the southeast sky about an hour or so after sundown for an eye-catching site: Jupiter and the moon shining together. Weather permitting, stargazers can find the celestial meet-up on about halfwa
10 February 2014, 09:00 AM ET
Veteran astrophotographer John Chumack captured amazing images of a very active and massive sunspot on Feb. 3, 2014. See how he did it.
09 February 2014, 12:10 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
09 February 2014, 09:00 AM ET
Night sky photographers Erwin Matys and Karoline Mrazek captured this amazing view of the young moon over El Hierro Island in the Canary Island. See how they did it here.
08 February 2014, 12:35 PM ET
From incredible images of Sochi Winter Olympics venues as seen from space, to Mars rover Curiosity’s first photo of the Earth taken from the surface of the Red Planet, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Feb. 8, 2014.
08 February 2014, 12:12 PM ET
From star trails over Joshua Tree National Park to an image of massive sunspot AR 1967, don't miss these spectacular night sky images by stargazers and SPACE.com readers.
08 February 2014, 10:13 AM ET
Skywatchers have a lot to look up for in February 2014. Weather permitting, diligent observers should be able to spot a plethora of planets, comets and stars in the night sky this month.
07 February 2014, 12:31 PM ET
For much of the contiguous United States this winter has been marked by perpetual ice, snow as well as the now infamous polar vortex. Such conditions might make even the most committed stargazer think twice before venturing outdoors.
07 February 2014, 10:14 AM ET
Want to see the beauty of the northern lights, but don't want to sit out in the freezing cold? There's an app for that: A scientist is developing an app with real-time views of Alaska's auroras.
07 February 2014, 10:13 AM ET
Netherlands-based night sky photographers André van der Hoeven and Michael van Doorn teamed up created this breathtaking image of the Triangulum Galaxy. See how they did it here.
07 February 2014, 07:04 AM ET
Here’s a trick question for you: When is new moon this month? Stumped? The answer is, there is no new moon this February.
06 February 2014, 03:52 PM ET
Though winter has reached its midpoint and daylight is increasing, the thermometer appears to be reluctant to respond to the increasing solar altitude. Here's why.
06 February 2014, 03:50 PM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory captured imagery of the brightest object in its twilight sky, Earth and its orbiting Moon. The rover's Mast Camera imaged them on January 31st, 2014, its 529th day on the Red Planet.
06 February 2014, 10:00 AM ET
A time-lapse photo shows an Atlas 5 rocket streaking into the heavens carrying NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-L) into Earth orbit from Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Jan. 23, 2014.
06 February 2014, 09:27 AM ET
The planets location in the nightsky are pinpointed (you'll need binoculars or a telescope to spot Uranus and Neptune). Also, Comet's Lovejoy, Siding Spring and Linear can be viewed.
05 February 2014, 12:05 PM ET
The faint spot at the center of this space wallpaper from ESO's Very Large Telescope is the Near-Earth Object 2009 FD. It may look insignificant, but there was a possibility that this asteroid would collide with the Earth in the future.
04 February 2014, 10:10 AM ET
The brilliant planet Jupiter and constellation Orion shine brightly in this glittering night sky photo shot from the Canary Islands by astrophotographer Miguel Claro.
02 February 2014, 08:15 PM ET
On Feb 1st, 2014, Chad Blakley (lightsoverlapland.com) captured what he describes as a memory "that will forever live in the the minds of everyone that was luck enough to see the show in person". The auroras are seen this stunning time-lapse.
02 February 2014, 11:39 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
01 February 2014, 09:39 AM ET
From incredible images of the U.S. Air Force and the night sky, to a dramatic look at a volcanic eruption seen from space, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Feb. 1, 2014.
01 February 2014, 09:03 AM ET
From ghostly auroras in Norway, to a stunning timelapse video of inner solar system dust scattering sunlight over 3 Indonesian volcanoes, don't miss these spectacular night sky images by stargazers and SPACE.com readers.
01 February 2014, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in SPACE.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in January 2014.
31 January 2014, 01:00 PM ET
See what's up in the night sky for February 2014, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this SPACE.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
31 January 2014, 12:28 PM ET
There's more the moon and its lunar cycle than meets the eye. From time to time, I get some interesting questions regarding the phases of the moon. Here's a look at those popular lunar questions, and their answers.
31 January 2014, 06:40 AM ET
Using a telescope for the first time isn't always as easy as it sounds, but fear not! This primer will get you started so you can not only enjoy 'first light,' but also get your new scope ready for searching out countless wonders in the night sky.
30 January 2014, 06:13 PM ET
The northern lights dance across the sky, creating an ethereal glow that illuminates the darkness, in this jaw-dropping photo taken from Norway.
30 January 2014, 04:05 PM ET
The bright 'star' overhead after the Sun sets, in the winter of 2014, is our closest gas giant, Jupiter and the red supergiant Betelgeuse, 650X bigger than the Sun, is one of the shoulder of the 'Great Hunter' (Orion Constellation).
30 January 2014, 01:10 PM ET
Comet Siding Spring will approach within 86,000 miles of Mars on Oct. 19, potentially putting on a great show for NASA's Red Planet spacecraft. But the dust shed by the comet may also endanger the agency's Mars orbiters.
30 January 2014, 01:05 PM ET
Every summer in mid-August, when I'm stretched out on a long lawn chair in the predawn hours scanning the skies for Perseid meteors, I'll always pause before the break of dawn to watch for Orion the hunter's rise in the sky.
30 January 2014, 12:14 PM ET
See sky maps and images of some of the most well-known constellations in the night sky in this SPACE.com gallery. From Orion the Hunter to Virgo the Virgin, see how these recognizable star patterns appear in the night sky.
30 January 2014, 10:45 AM ET
A new supernova discovered by students in London is starring in a new webcast, and you can watch it live online today (Jan. 30).
29 January 2014, 11:06 PM ET
Over the past few days, the media has cried out the recent proclamation from Stephen Hawking that black holes, a mystery of both science and science fiction, do not exist.