Skywatching Archive
21 October 2013, 12:41 PM ET
The Orionid meteor shower produced some amazing cosmic sights for stargazers, including two brilliant fireballs, despite a bright moon and predictions of a less-than-stellar show.
21 October 2013, 10:42 AM ET readers sent in their photos of the Orionid meteor shower which peaked in October 2013.
21 October 2013, 09:54 AM ET
Even with the Moon obscuring the view, NASA's All-Sky Fireball network captured Orionid Meteor Shower's fireballs slam into the Earth's atmosphere. The two seen in this video were captured by several cameras in the United States on Oct. 20, 2013.
21 October 2013, 04:05 AM ET
The Orionid meteor shower, made up of remnants of Halley's Comet, peaks in mid-October.
20 October 2013, 10:26 AM ET
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20 October 2013, 09:51 AM ET
The Orionids are back, and if the moon doesn't obscure the view, sky watchers might catch a glimpse of the cosmic hail at its peak Sunday (Oct. 20). The online Slooh Space Camera will be airing a live 15-minute broadcast of the meteors.
19 October 2013, 02:18 PM ET
From an orange Orion nebula to glowing auroras, don't miss these stunning night sky photos by stargazers and readers.
19 October 2013, 01:01 PM ET
From a stunning image of Saturn to a black hole's indigestion, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Oct. 19, 2013.
18 October 2013, 06:03 PM ET
Comet ISON blazes through the night sky on its dangerous journey toward the sun in this great photo recently sent to
18 October 2013, 09:44 AM ET
Chad Blakley ( captured footage of the aurora borealis on Oct 17th, 2013. The lake is the sixth largest body of water in Sweden and is located in Abisko National Park.
18 October 2013, 07:35 AM ET
Cosmic litter from Halley's Comet is set to pepper the night sky in a meteor shower before dawn this weekend and early next week.
18 October 2013, 05:48 AM ET
The moon will dip into Earth's shadow tonight (Oct. 18), producing a lunar eclipse that can be seen by keen observers around the world.
17 October 2013, 04:18 PM ET
Some astronomers have predicted that Comet ISON will break apart before its Nov. 28 close solar approach. But a new photo from NASA's iconic Hubble Space Telescope suggests that ISON remains intact, at least for now.
17 October 2013, 10:21 AM ET
On Friday evening, the moon will undergo an eclipse of minor importance — a "penumbral" lunar eclipse. For nearly four hours, at least some part of the southern portion of the moon will be within Earth's faint outer shadow.
16 October 2013, 03:00 PM ET
What might appear to some like a flying saucer careening through deep space is actually a photo of spiral galaxy majestic spiral galaxy taken by a veteran astrophotographer.
16 October 2013, 02:25 PM ET
Two nebulas beam from the constellation Cassiopeia in this spectacular image captured by veteran stargazers.
16 October 2013, 06:00 AM ET
Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submilimeter Array in Chile, astronomers probed the supermassive black holes that are at the center of most galaxies, principally to analyze the molecular gas their massive gravity wells propel into powerful jets.
15 October 2013, 12:55 PM ET
A stargazer in Ohio captured this incredible view of the Orion Nebula while waiting for another cosmic night sky sight.
15 October 2013, 06:46 AM ET
The moon will dip through part of Earth's shadow in a partial lunar eclipse on Friday (Oct. 18), but it may be tough to see for skywatchers in North America.
14 October 2013, 04:00 PM ET
The moon will pass through Earth's faint outer shadow on Friday, with the time of deepest eclipse occurring at 7:50 p.m. EDT (2350 GMT). The effect of such a "penumbral eclipse" will be subtle, but it's still worth a look upward, experts say.
14 October 2013, 03:13 PM ET
Neptune is much too faint to be seen with the unaided eye, but right now you can see the blue planet shine just by using binoculars.
13 October 2013, 10:30 AM ET
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12 October 2013, 02:33 PM ET
From a stunning view of the Milky way to glowing auroras, don't miss these stunning night sky photos by stargazers and readers.
12 October 2013, 12:24 PM ET
From glowing northern lights to the largest solar sail , don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Oct. 12, 2013.
11 October 2013, 04:25 PM ET
The fall night sky in the Northern Hemisphere brings a veritable harvest of amazing celestial sights and this year is no different, but you do need to know when to look up to see them. Two eclipses, four meteor showers, a brilliant view of Venus and a pot
11 October 2013, 01:19 PM ET
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10 October 2013, 04:00 PM ET
Former NASA scientist Fred Herrmann of Huntsville, Ala., sent this amazing view of Messier 17, a deep-sky object known as the Omega Nebula and many other names. See how he did it here.
10 October 2013, 01:54 PM ET
Three of Jupiter's largest moons will cast their shadows simultaneously on the planet below them creating three solar eclipses at the same time: a rare cosmic event.
10 October 2013, 11:12 AM ET
Glowing green Northern Lights dance through the Norwegian night in an amazing new video by astrophotographer Chad Blakley.
09 October 2013, 02:01 PM ET
As long as ISON is a fairly typical comet — one with "normal" size, density and rotational characteristics — it probably won't disintegrate during its upcoming close solar encounter on Nov. 28.
09 October 2013, 01:09 PM ET
One of the most famous of all the "shooting star" displays, the Draconid meteor shower, will peak tonight, but the celestial light show may be disappointing for casual stargazers. Here's how to see it tonight (Oct. 9).
09 October 2013, 12:58 PM ET
Northern lights were on display over a small village on the archipelago of Lofoten in northern Norway. Photographer Chad Blakley ( was on hand to snap footage. (looped)