Skywatching Archive
25 December 2013, 09:00 AM ET
The Milky Way moves across the night sky in this stunning composite image recently sent to SPACE.com.
24 December 2013, 04:09 PM ET
The International Space Station can be seen cruising in front of a crescent moon in this stunning night sky photo recently sent to SPACE.com.
24 December 2013, 02:52 PM ET
Early risers will have an opportunity to see the moon move through the sky on Christmas Day and throughout the week.
23 December 2013, 03:56 PM ET
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23 December 2013, 02:03 PM ET
Night-shining clouds started glowing high above Antarctica earlier than usual this year, data from a NASA satellite show. These rare types of wispy blue-white clouds, called noctilucent clouds, form when water freezes around meteor smoke.
23 December 2013, 07:17 AM ET
As 2013 draws to a close, it's time to look forward to the stargazing highlights of the coming year. Here are 11 of the most noteworthy sky events that will take place in 2014. SPACE.com will provide more coverage of these events as they draw closer.
22 December 2013, 10:01 AM ET
A new viral time-lapse video depicts the Milky Way over Mauna Kea, Hawaii, in amazing detail, complete with telescopes and lasers. Astronomy grad student Sean Goebel created the video from photographs shot in April and the summer of 2013.
20 December 2013, 07:45 AM ET
When skywatchers think of meteor showers during the month of December, they immediately think of the Geminids, the most prolific and reliable of the dozen or so annual meteor displays.
18 December 2013, 04:11 PM ET
A piece of an asteroid likely from the asteroid belt burned up over Tennessee December 17th. The object was around 20 inches across and weighing approximately 400 lbs.
18 December 2013, 02:12 PM ET
This coming Saturday (Dec. 21) marks one of the four major way stations on the Earth’s annual journey around the sun. It will be the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, and the summer solstice for folks in the south.
18 December 2013, 07:30 AM ET
Step outside Wednesday evening and look to the east-northeast sky for a surprising celestial sight. If you're outside around 6:30 p.m. EST (2330 GMT) and weather permits, the first striking view you might get is the moon. It will be one night past full.
16 December 2013, 04:00 PM ET
Former NASA scientist Fred Herrmann of Huntsville, Ala., submitted this view of the Tarantula Nebula to SPACE.com on Dec. 1. See how he used a remotely operated telescope to capture the stunning view.
16 December 2013, 01:42 PM ET
One of the best meteor showers of the year wowed skywatchers during its peak last weekend, and some stargazers took the opportunity to snap incredible photos of the cosmic display.
15 December 2013, 04:18 PM ET
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15 December 2013, 02:54 PM ET
From amazing photos of the “Jade Rabbit” rover basking in Lunar Bay of Rainbows to stunning images of the Geminid meteor shower, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Dec. 15, 2013.
15 December 2013, 02:10 PM ET
From amazing images of the Geminid meteor shower to cosmic “tadpoles,” don't miss these stunning night sky photos by stargazers and SPACE.com readers.
15 December 2013, 07:55 AM ET
See amazing photos of the 2013 Geminid meteor shower sent to SPACE.com by stargazers, amateur astronomers and veteran night sky photographers.
13 December 2013, 07:09 PM ET
The meteor shower peaks on December 13 and 14, 2013 and NASA is all over it. The shower will be fairly active through December 16th, though the moonlight will cause some interference.
13 December 2013, 06:19 PM ET
Central in the southern sky is the constellation Orion the Hunter. Along with the Big Dipper, this is probably the most easily recognized constellation, and the starting place for a stargazing adventure.
13 December 2013, 06:10 PM ET
Stargazer John Chumack snapped two beautiful images of Comet Lovejoy and shared them with SPACE.com. See them here.
13 December 2013, 05:00 PM ET
Astrophotographer Steve Coates captured this beautiful image of cosmic 'tadpoles' in space created by dust from an emission nebula and stellar winds from a nearby star cluster. See how he did it here.
13 December 2013, 07:01 AM ET
One of the best meteor showers of the year is set to put on a performance tonight (Dec. 13), but if you can't catch the cosmic display in person, you can watch it live online.
11 December 2013, 05:27 PM ET
The Geminid meteor shower — one of the most spectacular meteor displays of the year — is peaking this weekend, but some stargazers in Arizona were treated to an early cosmic show Tuesday night (Dec. 10).
11 December 2013, 02:48 PM ET
Time-lapse of the observatories atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii created by Sean Goebel.
11 December 2013, 10:31 AM ET
See amazing images by dedicated night sky observers and amateur astronomers alike.
11 December 2013, 09:30 AM ET
Comet ISON, discovered by two amateur astronomers in Russia, arrived in Earth's neighborhood in November 2013 and apparently broke up as it rounded the sun.
11 December 2013, 09:26 AM ET
The much-anticipated Comet ISON will swing through the inner solar system in late 2013 as scientists watch. See SPACE.com's latest news, photos, videos and ways to observe Comet ISON as it swings by Earth and the sun.
11 December 2013, 06:20 AM ET
Comet ISON broke apart during its highly anticipated solar flyby on Nov. 28, emerging from behind the sun as a diffuse cloud of dust that has since dissipated in the darkness of deep space, scientists say.
09 December 2013, 04:20 PM ET
Scientists had always characterized comets and asteroids as completely different before NASA's Stardust Mission.
09 December 2013, 04:03 PM ET
This week marks the peak of what is usually considered the most satisfying of all annual meteor displays: the Geminid meteor shower.
09 December 2013, 03:56 PM ET
Andrew Kwon took this image of Jupiter on Nov. 20 from his backyard observatory in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
09 December 2013, 01:29 PM ET
Northern Lights dance over a farmhouse in this jaw-dropping night sky photo recently sent to SPACE.com.