Skywatching Archive
01 October 2014, 06:00 AM ET
October brings a number of stargazing treats, including eclipses of the sun and moon, a dependably dazzling meteor shower, and good opportunities to view planets such as Mars, Saturn and Jupiter.
01 October 2014, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in Septmeber 2014.
30 September 2014, 11:31 AM ET
The Cosmos 2495 - Kobalt-M/Yantar 4K2M re-entered Earth's ionosphere over Colorado on September 2nd, 2014. Thomas Ashcraft's sentinel all-sky camera in New Mexico captured the the decent and decay of the satellite passing from south to north.
30 September 2014, 10:53 AM ET
A total lunar eclipse will be visible to most of North America and Halley's Comet remnants create the meteor shower. Also, find out the best planet and constellation targets to look for this month.
30 September 2014, 12:00 AM ET
A moon appears stuck on Saturn's rings.
29 September 2014, 04:30 PM ET
Astrophotographer Adam Woodworth took this image from the Raven’s Nest cliffs in Acadia National Park in Maine.
29 September 2014, 03:44 PM ET
After sunset this evening, look 15 degrees up from the southwest horizon. There you’ll see a crescent moon, 30 percent illuminated. Hovering almost directly below it will be Mars, which looks like a moderately bright yellow-orange star.
27 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
For a couple of hours after nightfall Sunday (Sept. 28), Mars will be a fairly conspicuous light. The Red Planet will have a companion this evening; sitting below and to its left will shine the reddish 1st-magnitude star Antares.
26 September 2014, 03:30 PM ET
Among the nearly 2,000 planets found beyond our solar system, there are volcanic super-Earths, gas giants that dwarf Jupiter and worlds with multiple sunsets. Here are some of the most incredible.
26 September 2014, 02:20 PM ET
Autumn is under way in the Northern Hemisphere, and if you are an avid sky gazer you just might have noticed signs of the season's change, in star form. Here are the stars to look for in Fall 2014.
26 September 2014, 10:20 AM ET
As summer came to a close, astrophotographer Chris Bakley took this stunning image of the Milky Way from Cape May, New Jersey. See how he did it.
26 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Currently the constellation Libra is host to the planet Saturn and two of the largest and brightest asteroids, Ceres and Vesta. In addition, the crescent moon will be passing through on its monthly trip around the Earth.
21 September 2014, 09:30 PM ET
From some celestial sleuthing for a famous painting to stunning aurora photos, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Sept. 21, 2014.
21 September 2014, 04:48 AM ET
Sick of long, hot summer days? Well, you're in luck. Astronomically speaking, autumn is about to begin.
20 September 2014, 03:41 AM ET
Mercury will be at its greatest elongation from the sun on Sunday (Sept. 21). Because of the tilt of the Earth's axis, this will place it high above the horizon in the Southern Hemisphere, but too low to be observed in the Northern Hemisphere.
19 September 2014, 05:00 PM ET
The Royal Observatory Greenwich and BBC Sky at Night Magazine announced the winners of this year's astrophotography contest.
19 September 2014, 12:49 PM ET
Look toward the eastern sky during the predawn hours tomorrow, and, weather permitting, your eyes will immediately be drawn to the two brightest objects in the sky: the moon and Jupiter.
18 September 2014, 04:00 PM ET
A bright green aurora reflects off a glacial lake against the backdrop of a snow-covered mountain range in an incredible photo that took home first prize in an astrophotography competition.
18 September 2014, 10:42 AM ET
Volcanic eruptions can dramatically deepen the hue of lunar eclipses. But even with recent activity around the Pacific, the Oct 8th, 2014 passing of Earth's shadow is expected to be a normal coppery red.
17 September 2014, 10:50 AM ET
Spotting the Milky Way on dark, cloudless nights can be a challenge for anyone, but trying to see it through the haze of light pollution in a crowded city is nearly impossible.
17 September 2014, 12:05 AM ET
The Wide Field Imager (WFI) on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile captured this space wallpaper of dark cloud Lupus 4 blotting out background stars.
15 September 2014, 05:28 PM ET
Back-to-back eruptions on the sun sparked a geomagnetic storm last week, which generated dazzling auroras over the northern latitudes.
15 September 2014, 05:14 PM ET
Celestial sleuthing and art historical detective work could reveal when the Impressionist master Claude Monet painted his landmark work, "Impression, Sunrise" or "Impression, Soleil Levant" showing the hazy harbor of Le Havre, France.
15 September 2014, 11:14 AM ET
See amazing photos of the northern lights from early September 2014 sparked by two intense solar storms on Sept. 8 and 10. Amateur astronomers captured these stunning northern lights views.
15 September 2014, 12:00 AM ET
Binoculars are great for all kinds of stargazing, for beginners and seasoned veterans alike. Here are some of the best binoculars for astronomy.
14 September 2014, 10:38 AM ET
On these late-summer evenings after the sun has set, look low in the south for the classical Archer: the constellation Sagittarius.
14 September 2014, 12:06 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
13 September 2014, 11:19 AM ET
Chad Blakley (http://lightsoverlapland.com) captured a vibrant display of Northern Lights over Abisko National Park in Sweden on Sept. 12, 2014. They were generated by a KP-7 geomagnetic storm that hit Earth as a result of two coronal mass ejections.
13 September 2014, 10:51 AM ET
From a colorful map of Rosetta Probe's comet target to a video of a trash-filled spaceship's fiery demise, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Sept. 13, 2014.
13 September 2014, 09:48 AM ET
From a brilliant Harvest Moon, to spectacular auroras, don't miss these amazing objects to watch in the night sky.
12 September 2014, 01:03 PM ET
Skywatchers on the ground are already catching sight of some amazing looking auroras produced by solar material blown out from the sun during two major eruptions this week.
11 September 2014, 04:36 PM ET
Powerful solar flares from the sun this week may amplify the northern lights displays over parts of the northern United States through the weekend, space weather scientists say.