Skywatching Archive
29 May 2014, 11:00 AM ET
This stunning image of the Milky Way was taken from the Azores, an area with nine volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean near Portugal. See how veteran photographer Miguel Claro did it.
27 May 2014, 11:17 AM ET
This amazing composite view of the total lunar eclipse of April 15 shows the stages of the moon sight as viewed over the Capitol Building in Austin, Texas. Skywatcher Mark Ezell created this composite view. See how he did it here.
27 May 2014, 10:52 AM ET
The bright, green glow of a springtime comet shines in this amazing photo captured by an stargazer using the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter in Arizona. See how amateur astronomer Adam Block did it here.
26 May 2014, 10:54 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
26 May 2014, 10:30 AM ET
From a huge new Mars crater to a new supernova, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 25, 2014.
26 May 2014, 09:58 AM ET
From firefly trails under the Milky Way to a small Camelopardalid meteor streaking through the northern lights, don't miss these spectacular objects to watch in the night sky.
24 May 2014, 10:43 AM ET
The new Camelopardalid meteor shower caused by Comet 209P/LINEAR gave stargazers a treat overnight on May 23 and 24, 2014. See photos of the rare Camelopardalid meteor shower by stargazers in this gallery.
24 May 2014, 08:56 AM ET
A new meteor shower sparked some celestial fireworks late Friday and early Saturday (May 23-24), thrilling stargazers across North America even though it did not reach spectacular 'meteor storm' levels. See photos and videos of the Camelopardalid meteors.
24 May 2014, 08:07 AM ET
NASA camera at Allegheny Observatory near Pittsburgh, PA recorded the meteor burn up. Its ending altitude was 48 miles. Its brightness registered at a magnitude-3 (Jupiter brightness).
24 May 2014, 07:02 AM ET captured and time-lapsed the Camelopardalids Meteor Shower producing comet. Their broadcast from the Canary Islands supplied the footage.
24 May 2014, 02:51 AM ET
Comet Lovejoy's fleeting visit inspired many.
23 May 2014, 06:04 PM ET
Thomas O'Brien ( compiled his Perseid, Geminid and Leonid meteor shower collections into 2+ minutes of wonder. His blog post outlines 10 tips for photographing meteor shower.
23 May 2014, 03:33 PM ET
North America might be treated to a spectacular new meteor shower tonight. What should you look for in a viewing spot? You really just need three things: clear weather, darkness and broad view of the sky.
23 May 2014, 03:28 PM ET
Looking low toward the east beginning at around 4:30 a.m. local daylight time, you'll see a narrow waning crescent moon, just 12 percent illuminated. Situated about 2 degrees below and to its left will be the brilliant planet Venus.
23 May 2014, 01:12 PM ET
In 2011 and 2012, the SETI Institute and NASA Ames Research Center's Peter Jenniskens filmed meteors that flew in a similar orbit as Comet 209P/LINEAR.
23 May 2014, 01:09 PM ET
If you’re hoping to get a view of tonight’s highly anticipated new meteor shower, the weather will be the biggest factor. For skywatchers in the United States, the north-central part of the nation will have the best weather for viewing shooting stars.
23 May 2014, 08:28 AM ET
A new meteor shower from the Comet 209P/LINEAR could spark a potential meteor storm overnight tonight and Saturday (May 23 and 24), but scientists can only wait to see if it sizzles or fizzles. There are several webcasts of the meteor shower too.
22 May 2014, 05:25 PM ET
Meteor observation doesn't have to be rocket science: All you have to do is lie back in a comfortable place and look up at the sky with the naked eye.
22 May 2014, 03:44 PM ET
A new meteor shower from the Comet 209P/LINEAR could be a spectacular display tomorrow night (May 23). NASA's Bill Cooke discusses the rare Camelopardalid meteor shower on
22 May 2014, 07:00 AM ET
NASA is enlisting amateur astronomers to hunt for killer space rocks. The space agency announced Wednesday (May 21) that it has signed a deal with the online observatory Slooh to get citizen scientists to track asteroids.
21 May 2014, 05:01 PM ET
Earth will pass through a trail of comet debris on Friday night (May 23), perhaps setting up a meteor shower of epic proportions. But experts aren't sure just what skywatchers will see.
20 May 2014, 03:07 PM ET
Even if cloudy skies or bright city lights hamper your ability to see a much-anticipated meteor shower this weekend, you can still listen to it on the radio. Meteors can reflect radio waves, which are best heard on the low end of the FM dial.
19 May 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Night sky photographer Matt Pollock captured this spellbinding photo of fireflies flickering in a field beneath the Summer Triangle and Milky Way galaxy. Here's how he did it.
19 May 2014, 08:00 AM ET
A new meteor shower that will blaze up in the early hours of Saturday morning could be spectacular, if Jupiter's gravity has shepherded particles shed by Comet 209P/LINEAR tightly together.
18 May 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Back in the early 1930s, Arcturus made the front page of every newspaper in the United States, when the star was used to symbolically link two great world fairs that were separated by a span of 40 years.
16 May 2014, 08:46 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
16 May 2014, 08:02 PM ET
From two neutron stars merging to Jupiter's shrinking spot, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 17, 2014.
16 May 2014, 07:24 PM ET
From the moon occulting Saturn to the earthgrazer meteor, don't miss these spectacular objects to watch in the night sky.
16 May 2014, 04:40 PM ET
A rare meteor storm, or especially intense meteor shower, could happen if a particular comet was active hundreds of years ago. See how such meteor storms work in this infographic on 'shooting stars.'
16 May 2014, 03:35 PM ET
A rare, long-lasting fireball streaked through the skies of the southeastern the United States Thursday night (May 15), putting on a show for stargazers lucky enough to see it from the ground.
16 May 2014, 11:58 AM ET
A basketball-sized Earthgrazer meteor, not part of any meteor shower, entered Earth's atmosphere at 78,000 mph above Columbia, South Carolina and burned up just north of Chattanooga, Tennessee. It traveled a total of 290 miles.
14 May 2014, 07:30 AM ET
If you go out tonight (May 14) about half an hour after sunset and have clear weather, you will see a number of bright objects in the sky. The brightest of these celestial lights are four of five planets visible to the naked eye this month.