Skywatching Archive
04 November 2015, 09:52 AM ET
On Nov. 19th, the first quarter moon – one of the best times to see mountains and craters along the terminator – sets at midnight. The areas where humans walked: Apollo 11, 15, 16, 17 are pinpointed in this video.
03 November 2015, 05:46 PM ET
A golden-green Aurora shines over Moraine Lake from Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada.
03 November 2015, 05:39 PM ET
The electric blue light around the edges of the small isles in this image are bioluminescence, radiating under the dazzling Milky Way in Maine. Astrophotographer Adam Woodworth took this image at the cliffs of Acadia National Park in Maine.
03 November 2015, 11:50 AM ET
Although the bright planets disappear from the evening sky in November, the predawn hours feature a planetary parade. Here are some gorgeous planet-watching events to look for in the coming weeks.
02 November 2015, 05:00 PM ET
Look up into the sky this week to see why autumn is the favorite season for many skywatchers: You can get your last look at summer stars and, if you stay up late, your first look at winter stars.
01 November 2015, 09:00 AM ET
Find out what's up in your night sky during December 2015 and how to see it in this stargazing guide.
01 November 2015, 09:00 AM ET
See what's up in the night sky for November 2015, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
01 November 2015, 08:08 AM ET
On Halloween night, while ghouls and goblins did their trick-or-treating, an asteroid made a close flyby of Earth, and is now headed back out into space.
01 November 2015, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in's gallery of cosmic images posted in October 2015.
31 October 2015, 01:32 AM ET
NASA has called it a "Great Pumpkin." Others have called it "spooky." But this image of a huge asteroid making a Halloween flyby of Earth today looks so much like a skull, it's scary.
31 October 2015, 12:21 AM ET
A huge asteroid the size of the football stadium has a Halloween encounter with Earth today (Oct. 31) and you can watch it online. NASA scientists have dubbed asteroid a cosmic "Great Pumpkin" to celebrate the spooky holiday flyby.
30 October 2015, 01:29 PM ET
The Taurid meteors — also called "Halloween fireballs" — are known for being extremely bright and relatively slow-moving. They will streak through the sky from Oct. 20 to Nov. 30, but will peak from Nov. 5 to Nov. 12.
30 October 2015, 01:27 PM ET
The twin fish of Pisces, the golden ram of Aries, and the Triangulum constellation are great targets this month. Meanwhile, Mars, Venus and the moon make a tight pairing early in November and Leonid meteors rain in the middle of the month.
30 October 2015, 11:20 AM ET
As you may already know by now, we're going to have a pretty close encounter on Halloween Saturday (Oct. 31) with a pretty big asteroid. But chances are low that you'll be able to see asteroid 2015 TB145 when it sails by on Halloween. Here's why.
29 October 2015, 04:34 PM ET
Astrophotographer Rico Granger took this image in July, 2014 from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
29 October 2015, 03:40 PM ET
A new line of science-themed cruises lets passengers stargaze from the open ocean, a unique location far away from city lights.
28 October 2015, 09:50 AM ET
Looking at the night sky can be an inspiring moment for kids, and the right telescope can drive an interest in astronomy for a lifetime.
27 October 2015, 03:08 PM ET
The full moon of October will rise tonight (Oct. 27) in a lunar treat just in time for Halloween this weekend, and it's a Hunter's Moon, so watch out for early werewolves. Here's some other names the full moon is known by.
26 October 2015, 05:57 PM ET
The Eagle Nebula and the Star Queen nebula can be seen in this annotated view.
26 October 2015, 02:06 PM ET
Celestron's Cometron 7 x 50 offers remarkable views and excellent value for a low price.'s editors chose them over all others, except one. These small binoculars are easy to carry and superb for kids.
25 October 2015, 12:42 PM ET
From stunning Earth's horizon as seen from the ISS to a glittering Milky Way, don't miss these amazing space images.
23 October 2015, 03:07 PM ET
Aquarius, an easily overlooked star pattern with a storied history, will appear to the south during the evening this week.
22 October 2015, 01:50 PM ET
Binoculars are great for all kinds of stargazing, for beginners and seasoned veterans alike. Here are some of the best binoculars for astronomy.
22 October 2015, 11:50 AM ET
A good pair of binoculars can help stargazers get the most out of the night sky. Find out which type of binoculars you need in our Buyer's Guide.
22 October 2015, 11:50 AM ET
Celestron's Skymaster 25x100 is our Editors' Choice for best large astronomy binoculars. These binoculars are an immersive space-time machine. But large binoculars must be mounted on a tripod, or the view will be very shaky and your arms very quickly exha
22 October 2015, 11:00 AM ET
See what makes the Meade StarNavigator 102 a great telescope for beginners.
22 October 2015, 11:00 AM ET
See what makes the Celestron NexStar 130SLT a great telescope for beginners.
21 October 2015, 03:00 PM ET
Venus has been dominating the morning sky for the past two months, and Monday (Oct. 26), it will form a vivid tableau with Jupiter and Mars as it reaches its farthest point from the sun.
21 October 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The annual Orionid meteor shower will peak just before dawn Thursday morning (Oct. 22). If clouds or light pollution inhibit your view, you can watch the shower online here at beginning at 10 p.m. EDT tonight, courtesy of NASA.
20 October 2015, 01:31 PM ET
President Barack Obama greeted a group of stargazers on the South Lawn, for the White House Astronomy Night on Oct. 19. The visitors included teachers, students, future scientists and astronaut-hopefuls who gathered to learn about and celebrate the scienc
19 October 2015, 09:15 PM ET
One of the year's most reliable meteor showers is set to peak before sunrise on Thursday morning. This display is known as the Orionids, because the meteors seem to fan out from an area north of the constellation Orion's second-brightest star.
19 October 2015, 02:35 PM ET
A gorgeous example of a phenomenon known as "light pillars" was captured in this breathtaking scene over Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina by astrophotographer Sergio Emilio Montúfar Codoñer.