Skywatching Archive
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 ( 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 readers.
01 February 2014, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in'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 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 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.
29 January 2014, 06:33 PM ET
Stargazers have the best chance of the year to spot Mercury in the evening sky over the next week, but only if you know how to find the elusive planet.
29 January 2014, 10:00 AM ET
Panoramas of the Chang'e-3, Yutu Rover landing site show the location in stunning detail as well as the rover’s movements. See how these amazing images were created.
29 January 2014, 06:48 AM ET
The night sky is becoming brighter and brighter, thanks to human population growth and inefficient, improperly installed lighting. But you can help stem this tide.
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.