Skywatching Archive
08 December 2013, 01:06 PM ET
From an amazing video of the mysterious six-sided vortex spinning around Saturn's north pole to some stunning photos of Comet Lovejoy C/2013 R1, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Dec. 8, 2013.
06 December 2013, 05:50 PM ET
Japanese Astronaut Koichi Wakata managed to see Comet ISON's tail from the International Space Station before it disintegrated on its pass around the sun.
06 December 2013, 03:22 PM ET
Comet Lovejoy is putting on a show for sky watchers in 2013.
05 December 2013, 04:33 PM ET
Venus is shining at its brightest in the low southwestern night sky just after sunset, making it a fine time for stargazers to observe the brilliant planet, weather permitting. Here is how to see Venus with the unaided eye, telescopes or binoculars.
05 December 2013, 12:18 PM ET
On Nov 24th and 28th, 2013, Kevin Fetter of Brockville, Ontario captured imagery of the U.S. Air Force's X-37B space plane in the night sky. Orbiting Earth for over year, the mission's purpose and capability is "in the black."
04 December 2013, 12:12 PM ET
Venus shines its brightest at 4.9 magnitude this month, the Geminid Meteor Shower peaks in mid December and more!. In the market for a telescope? - Click the blue 'SHOP' link above.
02 December 2013, 06:58 PM ET
On winter evenings, a large cosmic figure, known as the Autumn Dipper, can be seen in the sky. This configuration looks like a much larger and brighter version of the Little Dipper.
02 December 2013, 06:31 PM ET
The celestial saga continues for Comet ISON, which crept close to the sun like the fabled Icarus, only to apparently survive the encounter in at least a tenuous form. But whether Comet ISON will again be visible to the naked eye is far from certain.
02 December 2013, 02:59 PM ET
Now that autumn is fading into winter, the beautiful winter Milky Way is coming into view in the eastern sky.
02 December 2013, 01:53 PM ET
A black dwarf is all that is left after a white dwarf star burns off all of its heat, but retains its mass.
02 December 2013, 01:49 PM ET
Brown dwarfs never burn fusion at their core, so scientists sometimes refer to them as "failed stars."
02 December 2013, 12:20 PM ET
See what's up in the night sky for December 2013, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
01 December 2013, 02:26 PM ET
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01 December 2013, 12:44 PM ET
From a stunning image of the Dragon's Head Nebula to a photo of Comet ISON as seen by a NASA Mercury Probe, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Dec. 1, 2013.
01 December 2013, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in's gallery of cosmic images posted in November 2013.
29 November 2013, 09:30 AM ET
See photos of the comet C/2012 S1 (ISON), or Comet ISON, which could amaze the world in late 2013.
29 November 2013, 09:29 AM ET
The potentially dazzling Comet ISON will make its closest pass with the sun on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28). The comet's brightness will probably rapidly increase as it passes nearly 730,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) above the surface of the sun.
29 November 2013, 09:28 AM ET
Call it a cosmic holiday miracle. The much-anticipated Comet ISON appeared to disintegrate during its Thanksgiving Day slingshot around the sun Thursday, but something — it seems — may have survived.
28 November 2013, 07:10 AM ET
Comet ISON is slated to skim just 684,000 miles above the surface of the sun today (Nov. 28) in a maneuver that skywatchers and scientists alike have been anticipating since the comet's discovery in September 2012. Watch it live h
27 November 2013, 05:25 PM ET
Astronomers all over the world are training their eyes and telescopes on Comet ISON as it approaches its closest distance to the sun on Thursday (Nov. 28), with several unblinking space telescopes offering live views of the comet's solar encounter.
27 November 2013, 10:37 AM ET
The icy Comet ISON from the depths of deep space will either meet its doom or transform into a cosmic spectacle when it whips around the sun Thursday (Nov. 28) in a Thanksgiving Day treat for NASA and scientists around the world.
26 November 2013, 10:15 PM ET
A NASA spacecraft has captured its best video yet of the icy Comet ISON streaking toward a Thanksgiving Day encounter with a sun, a cosmic encounter the comet might just not survive.
26 November 2013, 09:45 PM ET
Experts with NASA say another comet's tail-clipping encounter with the sun in 2007 presents a forbidding example of what could happen to Comet ISON.
26 November 2013, 04:37 PM ET
The crescent moon and Mars are visible close together just above the eastern horizon on these late November mornings. The Red Planet is dim now but will brighten considerably by next spring, when it will be much closer to Earth.
26 November 2013, 10:21 AM ET
NASA Scientist Dr. Michelle Thaller talks to's @TariqjMalik about the possible 'comet of the century' two days prior to its Nov. 28th, 2013 date with the Sun.
25 November 2013, 07:16 PM ET
If you look to the sky early Tuesday (Nov. 26) morning, you might get a view of what can only be described as a "double planet" visible through the brightening dawn twilight.
25 November 2013, 07:01 PM ET
The manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program office Don Yeomans, explains what will be left, if anything, of the possible 'comet of the century' after its date with the Sun (Nov 27th, 2013).
25 November 2013, 04:46 PM ET
Shaula, the 24th-brightest star, is a possible multiple-star system in the constellation Scorpius.
25 November 2013, 03:06 PM ET
NASA's Messenger spacecraft snapped new images of Comet ISON on Nov. 19 as the object sped by Mercury. Meanwhile, a phalanx of sun-studying probes will watch ISON's close encounter with the sun on Thursday (Nov. 28).
25 November 2013, 02:16 PM ET
National parks and several public observatories have opportunities for the public to catch a view of Comet ISON as astronomers watch it plunge towards the sun.
25 November 2013, 12:04 PM ET
The early morning of Tuesday, Nov. 26, will be the last chance to spot Comet ISON streaking just above the horizon before it makes its Thanksgiving Day slingshot around the sun, according to NASA.
25 November 2013, 10:16 AM ET
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