Skywatching Archive
11 June 2015, 03:40 PM ET
Have you ever seen a real asteroid in the sky? This week is an excellent opportunity to see one of the largest asteroids, Pallas, as it reaches opposition to the sun.
11 June 2015, 11:57 AM ET
The planet Uranus will slip behind the moon today (June 11) in a celestial event known as an occultation, and you have a chance to watch it live at Slooh.com courtesy of the Slooh Community Observatory.
06 June 2015, 07:54 AM ET
If you've been watching the sky in the early evening lately, you can't have missed seeing the planet Venus in the west and now this planet is putting on brilliant show in the night sky.
05 June 2015, 05:03 PM ET
With the northern summer just a few weeks away, the month of June is bringing a delight of planets in the night sky for stargazers to enjoy, but only if weather permits and you know when and where to look.
05 June 2015, 10:18 AM ET
Space.com reader Jatin Thakkar sent in a photo of the Milky Way over the A. M. Foster Covered Bridge in Marshfield, Vermont.
04 June 2015, 01:40 PM ET
Dwarf planet Ceres and asteroid Pallas, discovered in 1801 and 1802, are visible in the night sky in June. Ceres was originally classified as a planet, then an asteroid, and finally a dwarf planet after further observation.
01 June 2015, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in May 2014.
31 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA announced the science instruments for its mission to Europa, SpaceX was certified for U.S. military launches and a tiny solar-sailing spacecraft suffered a glitch in orbit. Here's a look at Space.com's top stories of the week.
30 May 2015, 11:13 AM ET
From a nebula's crimson heart to a dragon's-eye view, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 31, 2015.
30 May 2015, 08:58 AM ET
The Earth's precession is captured in stunning detail in this image by astrophotographer Miguel Claro from inside the Mourão Castle, in the Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve.
29 May 2015, 07:48 PM ET
Hercules, Boötes (Herdsman), and Draco (Dragon) constellations are highlights for sky gazers in June. Also, Venus and Jupiter are bright in the evening sky and Jupiter rings are viewable with binoculars in the southern sky.
29 May 2015, 02:58 PM ET
Astrophotographer Giuseppe Petricca took this image of the ISS, the Moon, Venus, Mars, Mercury and the Leaning Tower of Pisa from Pisa, Tuscany, Italy.
29 May 2015, 12:00 PM ET
Find out what's up in your night sky during June 2015 and how to see it in this Space.com stargazing guide.
29 May 2015, 11:00 AM ET
See what's up in the night sky for June 2015, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this Space.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
28 May 2015, 05:25 PM ET
Amateur astronomers are interested in seeing Pluto with their own telescopes, and this is what we will discuss here. Pluto is at present around 14th magnitude, requiring a telescope with at least 8 inches (200mm) aperture.
28 May 2015, 11:10 AM ET
See amazing amateur astronomy photos and night sky views sent in to SPACE.com by readers in May 2014 in our month-long running gallery.
28 May 2015, 07:16 AM ET
Astrophotographer A. Garrett Evans took this image of the Milky Way over Popham Beach State Park in Maine the morning of April 18, 2015 as a 9-shot panorama.
27 May 2015, 03:24 PM ET
This image of the Bubble Nebula was taken by astrophotographer Jaspal Chadha from London.
27 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The free Pluto Safari app, which came out last month, keeps tabs on NASA's New Horizons mission, counting down its July 14 close encounter to the second, and teaches users about the frigid, distant realm the spacecraft is exploring.
23 May 2015, 08:44 AM ET
If your local weather is clear tonight (May 23), check out the western sky around mid-twilight – about an hour after sunset. There, about half way up from the south-southwest horizon to the overhead point, you’ll see an eye-catching sight for the Memorial
21 May 2015, 01:45 PM ET
Bright red veins lace across the sky and feed into enormous crimson clouds that look like living hearts, in these breathtaking views of the Gamma Cygni nebula and surrounding region.
21 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
On Thursday evening (May 21) as darkness falls, the two brightest objects of the night will be calling attention to themselves. The crescent moon will be accompanied by the brightest planet, the dazzling so-called "evening star": the planet Venus.
20 May 2015, 05:40 PM ET
The striking arms of the Whirlpool galaxy can be seen in stunning detail in this astrophotographer image by Jaspal Chadha.
20 May 2015, 10:33 AM ET
Jupiter's rapidly moving moons constantly surprise us with their dance around the giant planet. There will be two spectacular shadow plays this week.
20 May 2015, 09:03 AM ET
The region is "surrounded by diffuse emission and dark nebulae," says astrophotographer Terry Hancock (downunderobservatory.com). It is ~1600 light years from Earth in the Cygnus constellation.
19 May 2015, 05:43 PM ET
The Southern Cross has long been a celestial landmark for explorers and travelers to the lands below the equator. You can see the famous constellation now, but you must go farther south than 25 degrees north latitude.
19 May 2015, 05:13 PM ET
Now is a great time to see Saturn, perhaps the most gorgeous planet in the night sky. The ringed planet is visible pretty much all night long.
18 May 2015, 01:34 PM ET
Three boulders balancing like ballerinas have been spotted on the surface of a comet by the Rosetta spacecraft. Only a small area on the surface of each rock is touching the ground, similar to "balancing rocks" seen on Earth.
17 May 2015, 09:17 AM ET
From the coast of Japan to a dragon selfie, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 17, 2015.
15 May 2015, 07:01 AM ET
The famous Big Dipper star pattern shines in May's night sky, as do the moon and a surprisingly nocturnal Venus.
14 May 2015, 12:47 PM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in SPACE.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in April 2015.
13 May 2015, 04:45 PM ET
Mamtani took the image in Borrego Springs, California during the weekend of April 17, 2015.