Skywatching Archive
28 January 2014, 06:24 PM ET
Night sky photographer Chris Schur captured two rare shots of Venus and Mercury in the daytime sky from Payson, Ariz., in January 2014. See how he did it here.
27 January 2014, 12:43 PM ET
Photographer Justin Ng captured the glow of inner solar system dust scattering sunlight over 3 Indonesian volcanoes, the active Semeru and Bromo plus the dormant Batok. Planets Venus, Saturn and Mercury lie within this field of view.
26 January 2014, 12:40 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
26 January 2014, 11:15 AM ET
What started out as a 10-minute telescope lesson turned into something much more exciting, as a group of astronomy students raced against encroaching clouds to document an amazing scientific discovery: a new supernova in the galaxy M82.
25 January 2014, 12:03 PM ET
From an image of a strange 'Jelly Doughnut' rock, to a new look at a cosmic lagoon, as well as striking images of a new supernova, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Jan. 25, 2014.
25 January 2014, 11:03 AM ET
From amazing images of the new supernova spotted in M82, to a stunning shot of a lunar halo, don't miss these spectacular night sky photos by stargazers and readers.
24 January 2014, 05:11 PM ET
One of the closest star explosions in nearly 27 years was discovered this week, and the supernova can be easily seen by stargazers equipped with a good telescope. Here's how to see it in the Cigar Galaxy (M82), 12 million light-years away.
24 January 2014, 02:40 PM ET
Night sky photographer Scott MacNeill captured this beautiful image of a lunar halo over an observatory in Charlestown, R.I. See the story behind the image here.
24 January 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Avid astrophotographer Jeff Johnson took advantage of some clear skies and holiday leave to capture this stunning image of the Andromeda Galaxy from Las Cruces, N.M. See how he did it.
24 January 2014, 01:50 PM ET
Astrophotographer Steve Coates of Ocala, Fla., sent the stunning image of the Pac-Man Nebula on Jan. 20, 2014. See how he captured the amazing night sky view here.
24 January 2014, 01:00 PM ET
See amazing amateur astronomy photos and night sky views sent in to by readers in January 2014 in our month-long running gallery.
24 January 2014, 08:36 AM ET
Black holes are some of the universe's most enigmatic and mysterious objects. Take a tour of some of the most famous ones in the cosmos.
24 January 2014, 04:41 AM ET
See amazing photos of the Andromeda Galaxy, also known as M(31), as seen by space telescopes, astronomers and stargazers.
23 January 2014, 10:50 PM ET
A twist on the Milky Way's natural beauty.
23 January 2014, 03:09 PM ET
Astronomers and amateurs alike have rushed to their telescopes to capture images of the brilliant blown-up star that just appeared in the nearby galaxy Messier 82. See photos of the new supernova that astrophotographers have sent in to
22 January 2014, 04:00 PM ET
An exploding star has suddenly appeared in the night sky, dazzling astronomers who haven't seen a new supernova this close to our solar system in years.
22 January 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Ceres is a dwarf planet, the only one located in the inner reaches of the solar system. It is the largest object in the asteroid belt.
22 January 2014, 12:11 PM ET
To see the quick movement of the moon, observers need a set of bright markers across the sky, exactly the kind of signposts in the night sky this week. Two bright stars and three bright planets mark the moon’s path across the sky.
21 January 2014, 08:00 AM ET
Two night sky photographers collaborated despite some tough winter weather to capture a beautiful photo of the Pleiades star cluster. See how they did it.
18 January 2014, 04:56 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
18 January 2014, 12:12 PM ET
From a photo showing a spooky looking nebula to a striking new photo of a doomed star, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Jan. 18, 2014.
18 January 2014, 11:51 AM ET
From a stunning time-lapse video of the night sky from northern Chile, to a dazzling image of star trails over the Canary Islands, don't miss these spectacular night sky photos by stargazers and readers.
17 January 2014, 10:14 AM ET
Night sky photographer Steve Coates sent this spectacular image of famous Rosette Nebula. See how he captured it here.
16 January 2014, 02:13 PM ET
Night sky photographer Jeff Johnson captured this stunning view of the Triangulum Galaxy by combining observations of the galaxy taken years apart. See how he did it here.
15 January 2014, 02:20 PM ET
Supermoon was a term invented by astrologer Richard Nolle many years earlier to refer to the coincidence between two astronomical events: a full moon and lunar perigee, when the moon is at its closest point to Earth.
15 January 2014, 10:10 AM ET
The active sun will take center stage in a live webcast from the online Slooh Space Camera today (Jan. 15).
14 January 2014, 04:45 PM ET
A Geminid meteor streaks across the night sky over a frozen Pennsylvania lake in this stunning image by veteran space photographer Jeff Berkes on Dec. 13, 2013. See how Berkes did it here.
14 January 2014, 10:06 AM ET
These shimmering aurora boeralis were captured in the skies near Nordreisa, Troms, Norway from August through November 2013 by Level 4 (, a media company based in the same area which specializes in capturing 'naturally epic' videos.
13 January 2014, 06:13 PM ET
Night sky photographer Miguel Claro submitted this magnificent photo star trails over MAGIC I telescope in the Canary Islands on Jan. 7. See how Clara combined 270 photos to create the amazing view.
13 January 2014, 03:07 PM ET
The first full moon of 2014 rises this week, but despite being the first of the year, it has the surprising name 'Old Moon' for some cultures. It's not the only nickname for the event. Here's a look at the weird full moon names of the year.
12 January 2014, 12:21 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
11 January 2014, 05:18 PM ET
From a celestial "Hand of God" to a super-deep look at the universe, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Jan. 11, 2014.