Skywatching Archive
10 January 2014, 12:50 PM ET
Skywatcher snaps amazing images of active sunspot AR 1944.
10 January 2014, 12:34 PM ET
On Saturday (Jan. 11), Venus will pass between Earth and the sun, an event scientists call an 'inferior conjunction.' The event comes as Venus is moving from an evening planet to a a brilliant 'morning star.' Here is how to see it.
09 January 2014, 02:58 PM ET
Photographer Nicholas Buer (@NicholasBuer, created this timelapse in the high desert region of Chile known as San Pedro de Atacama, a place revered by astronomers for having some of Earths cleanest, darkest skies
09 January 2014, 02:28 PM ET
A solar flare that erupted on the sun this week could intensify the northern lights, and perhaps bring dazzling auroras as far south as Seattle, Chicago and Boston.
06 January 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Night sky photographer Sean Parker captured this splendid 14-shot panoramic view of the Milky Way arching over a windmill in Paulden, Ariz. See how he did it.
04 January 2014, 11:14 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
04 January 2014, 12:42 PM ET
From astronauts wishing Earth a happy New Year from space to jaw-dropping views of Saturn, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Jan. 4, 2014.
04 January 2014, 12:18 PM ET
From shapeshifting auroras to a stunning solar prominence, don't miss these spectacular night sky photos by stargazers and readers.
04 January 2014, 10:58 AM ET
Jupiter will reign as king of the night sky on Sunday (Jan. 5), visible all night long as it reaches opposition. Here's how to see it.
03 January 2014, 06:31 PM ET
The online Slooh Space Camera will webcast live views of the annual Quadrantid meteor shower on Friday (Jan. 3), Earth's closest approach to the sun of the year on Saturday (Jan. 4) and Earth's passage between the sun and Jupiter on Sunday (Jan. 5).
03 January 2014, 01:39 PM ET
Severe solar winds created these awe-inspiring auroras in Abisko National Park in Sweden, captured by on January 2nd.
02 January 2014, 05:34 PM ET
January's Quadrantid meteor shower provides one of the most intense annual celestial fireworks displays, with a peak lasting only a few hours. That peak occurs Friday (Jan. 3), but this year the sun will spoil the show for stargazers in North America.
02 January 2014, 03:52 PM ET
NASA's Solar Dynamics Laboratory captured this explosive M9-class solar flare on January first, ringing in the New Year with a flare that was almost but not quite X-class.
02 January 2014, 01:31 PM ET
Step outside this evening about 30 minutes after sunset and look low toward the southwest horizon. You’ll be able to see the final evening pairing of the two brightest objects in the night sky for nearly a year.
02 January 2014, 10:08 AM ET
A person's first telescope can tilt one's eyes to the sky in a somewhat permanent fashion, if anecdotal evidence has any standing. Many amateur astronomers have said their interest in the sky can be traced to a Christmas telescope.
02 January 2014, 09:20 AM ET
This spectacular space wallpaper shows three of the four Auxiliary Telescopes of the Very Large Telescope Interferometer at ESO’s Paranal Observatory. Above the telescopes, the long bright stripes are star trails.
02 January 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Astrophotographer Chuck Manges of Hooversville, Pa., captured this amazing photo of the Orion Nebula. See how Manges did it here.
01 January 2014, 01:11 PM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in's gallery of cosmic images posted in December 2013.
31 December 2013, 06:20 PM ET
If you live in the southern hemisphere, you now can safely view the aftermath of a nuclear explosion from the comfort of your own backyard.
31 December 2013, 10:10 AM ET
See what's up in the night sky for January 2014, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
31 December 2013, 09:27 AM ET
A crescent Venus, Jupiter at opposition, Taurus constellation and its Red-Giant 'eye' and the Quadrantid meteor shower makes for quite a skywatching show. In the market for a telescope? - Click the blue 'SHOP' link above.
31 December 2013, 09:06 AM ET
The Gas Giant is 83 Million miles away on average. In January it will be 391 million miles away when its reaches opposition. Venus is the only object that will be brighter than Jupiter. Need a telescope? - Click the blue 'SHOP' link above.
30 December 2013, 04:04 PM ET
Night sky photographer LeRoy Zimmerman captured these amazing images of aurora borealis over Alaska. See how he captured the views near Fairbanks in early December.
30 December 2013, 04:00 PM ET
See photos of amazing auroras taken by readers in 2013.
30 December 2013, 02:00 PM ET
Amateur astronomer David Ellison captured this beautiful image of the Horsehead and Flame Nebulas from his backyard in Chatanooga, Tenn. See how he did it here.
30 December 2013, 10:14 AM ET
The space rock was discovered on Dec. 23rd, 2013 and will be makes its closest approach to Earth (3.6 lunar distance) on Jan. 3rd, 2014. Its is estimated to be 102 meters or 400 feet-wide.
28 December 2013, 09:25 PM ET
Tim Cline ( captured the meteor streaking across the night sky on Dec. 26th, 2013. (upper right corner of the video).
28 December 2013, 08:57 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
28 December 2013, 08:24 PM ET
From photos of rare noctilucent clouds to images from a vital holiday spacewalk, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Dec. 28, 2013.
28 December 2013, 02:02 PM ET
From a stunning time-lapse video showing observatories atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii, to an image of the International Space Station crossing a crescent moon, don't miss these stunning night sky photos by stargazers and readers.
27 December 2013, 12:18 PM ET
See 100 amazing photos the night sky from the year 2013 in this spectacular collection of images submitted to by amateur astronomers and skywatchers. Which is your favorite view?
26 December 2013, 04:59 PM ET
The Christmas holiday was extra merry for veteran northern lights photographer, who captured yuletide auroras shimmering across the sky over Sweden's Abisko National Park. See how it looked to Chad Blakely in this Christmas aurora video.