Skywatching Archive
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)
08 October 2013, 07:29 PM ET
Makemake was the fourth dwarf planet named. It was one of the bodies that caused Pluto to lose its status as a planet.
08 October 2013, 03:15 PM ET
The Milky Way shines brightly in two stunning images taken from the island of Malta.
08 October 2013, 11:00 AM ET
Comet ISON could shine brightly in the night sky around the time of its close solar approach on Nov. 28. Here's the lowdown on ISON and its journey through the inner solar system, which scientists are already tracking with a variety of instruments.
08 October 2013, 10:30 AM ET
Astrophotographer Dale Mayotte recently sent this spectacular composite photo of the International Space Station crossing the face of the sun. See how he made the image from 16 individual snapshots
07 October 2013, 04:03 PM ET
Observations by amateurs helped researchers determine that the 168-mile-wide asteroid (87) Sylvia appears to have a dense core surrounded by a layer of relatively fluffy material. Further, the space rock's larger moon is about 15 miles wide.
07 October 2013, 01:54 PM ET
The meteor shower (Halley's Comet remnants) peaks from October 20 to 23 and the penumbral Lunar eclipse occurs on Oct 18th. Find out how and where you can view them.
07 October 2013, 01:03 PM ET
Deer graze under a Harvest Moon in this stunning space wallpaper sent to on Sept. 19 from Anthony Lynch. Lynch captured the image at Phoenix Park in Dublin, Ireland.
05 October 2013, 08:00 AM ET
Don't miss the many great space images from the week of Oct. 5, including a private spacecraft's first International Space Station arrival, the spectacular launch of a brand-new private rocket and Comet ISON as seen from Mars orbit.
04 October 2013, 08:44 PM ET
Haumea, the fifth body in the solar system to be classified as a dwarf planet, spins faster than any other known large body in the solar system.
04 October 2013, 03:49 PM ET
The moon will meet up with three different planets in the evening sky during two separate celestial encounters, one on Sunday and the other on Tuesday. The first will involve Saturn and Mercury, while Venus is the moon's partner for the second.
04 October 2013, 01:54 PM ET
Many of the constellations and rich star fields of summer evenings past are still in evidence in the western heavens, while the brilliant yellow-white star Capella ascending from the northeast is a promise of even more dazzling stars to come.
03 October 2013, 04:40 PM ET
Veteran astrophotographer P-M Heden of the photography group The World at Night (TWAN) captured this image of a meteor blazing over the Baltic Sea during the peak of the 2013 Perseid meteor shower on Aug. 12 from the eastern coast of Sweden.
03 October 2013, 03:58 PM ET
The Perseids meteor shower arises out of the debris of Comet Swift-Tuttle, which last made a pass by Earth in 1992.
03 October 2013, 11:30 AM ET readers sent in their scenes of spectacular sky sights seen in October 2013.
02 October 2013, 05:16 PM ET
“Winner” of the “People and Space” category in the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 exhibition, this space wallpaper is a deceptively simple shot of figures silhouetted against a rising Moon.
02 October 2013, 04:00 PM ET
The outer planets, Uranus and Neptune, are far from the sun and catch few of its rays, making them dim and hard to find. Uranus, for example, reaches opposition with the sun on Thursday (Oct. 3), when it will be closest and brightest.
02 October 2013, 03:00 PM ET
There may not be a lot of air, but there's still a lot of weather in space. Get the latest news of space weather and solar flares here from
01 October 2013, 06:35 PM ET
Acrux is made up of three stars, and a possible fourth that lies close by.
01 October 2013, 04:44 PM ET
The promising Comet ISON, now less than two months away from a close encounter with the sun, is making a close approach to another member of the solar system today (Oct. 1): the planet Mars. Here's how to see Comet ISON near Mars in a telescope.
01 October 2013, 04:23 PM ET
The NASA mission to Jupiter (Juno) will use a gravity assist from Earth to send it on its way to the Gas Giant. There will also be opportunities to see 9% more of the moon on its eastern and western limbs.
01 October 2013, 12:41 PM ET
“Runner Up” of the “Deep Space” category in the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 exhibition, this beautiful space wallpaper shows Rho Ophiuchi and Antares Nebulae.
01 October 2013, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in's gallery of cosmic images posted in September 2013.
30 September 2013, 03:18 PM ET
A brilliant fireball lit up the skies over the Midwest United States, treating bystanders on the ground to an amazing light show last Friday (Sept. 27).
30 September 2013, 02:55 PM ET
An Australian space photographer has won top spot in a global space photography competition, with a spectacular "star-riddled" photo of the Milky Way galaxy, a jaw-dropping image beat out more than 1,200 other entrants in the Royal Observatory's Astronomy
30 September 2013, 02:46 PM ET
The future of a possible "comet of the century" is still uncertain. With just two months to go before Comet ISON skims less than three-quarters of a million miles above the sun's surface, the comet could brighten or fade away.
30 September 2013, 02:00 PM ET
See what's up in the night sky for October 2013, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
30 September 2013, 01:32 PM ET
See winning entries of the Royal Observatory Greenwich's Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 features the transit of Venus, comets, nebulas, auroras and more sent from astrophotographers around the world.
30 September 2013, 01:20 PM ET
An ambitious one-day mission to observe the potentially dazzling Comet ISON with a telescope dangling from a colossal NASA balloon this weekend has failed due to a mechanical glitch, NASA officials say. The mission, called the Balloon Rapid Response for I