Skywatching Archive
11 July 2014, 05:40 PM ET
The night sky this week is filled with interesting views four planets at the beginning and end of each night, but will be at its best on Saturday night (July 12).
11 July 2014, 05:26 PM ET
The first of three supermoons this summer will rise Saturday night (July 12). Here's why July's full moon is one of the biggest of 2014.
11 July 2014, 04:21 PM ET
Observers throughout southeastern Australia reported seeing a bright meteor streaking through the skies Thursday night. Experts have concluded that the fireball was caused by a piece of a Russian Soyuz rocket that launched Tuesday.
11 July 2014, 12:14 PM ET
Australians saw what looked to be a glowing meteor flying through the night sky. But experts confirm it to be re-entering debris from a Russian rocket.
11 July 2014, 11:02 AM ET
See stunning photos of the night sky and sun as seen by stargazers around the world in this Space.com photo gallery for July 2014 made up of images sent in by Space.com readers.
08 July 2014, 03:49 PM ET
On 12 July, 10 August and 9 September 2014, a full moon will occur when the satellite is closest to Earth in orbit. Called a ‘perigee moon’ its brightness is increased and size enlarged due to proximity to Earthbound skywatchers.
07 July 2014, 11:44 AM ET
Look up tonight (July 7) to spot Saturn hovering very close to the moon. With its immediately recognizable rings, Saturn might be one of the most striking planets in the solar system, but many skywatchers find it hard to spot the planet in the night sky.
07 July 2014, 07:39 AM ET
Electric-blue noctilucent clouds glimmered in the sky just before dawn when this amazing image was captured.Astrophotographer John McConnell took the photo on June 20, 2014 from Maghaberry, Northern Ireland.
06 July 2014, 12:47 PM ET
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04 July 2014, 10:57 PM ET
From the half-lit moon and mars to Jupiter's farewell, don't miss these amazing objects to watch in the night sky.
04 July 2014, 09:00 AM ET
The moon and Mars will rendezvous in the night sky Saturday, putting on a spectacular show. Some skywatchers will even see the moon blot out the Red Planet in an event known as an occultation.
03 July 2014, 07:26 AM ET
Despite the summer heat in the Northern Hemisphere, the Earth is actually at its farthest point from the sun today, July 3. Here's how Earth's orbit and its aphelion work.
03 July 2014, 07:23 AM ET
In the wee hours of Friday morning (July 4) Pluto will be opposite the sun in the sky. Called opposition, on Friday at 4 a.m. EDT (0800 GMT), Pluto will rise as the sun sets, and set as the sun rises.
02 July 2014, 11:56 AM ET
Hydra, the sea serpent; Virgo, the maiden; and Ursa Major, the big bear can all be seen in the night sky right now. Hydra lies mainly in the southwestern part of the sky.
01 July 2014, 03:25 PM ET
Pluto reaches opposition and can be seen with a medium-sized telescope and dark skies. Dwarf planet Ceres and asteroid Vesta will be quite close to one another on the night sky. But each is a tough target.
01 July 2014, 10:54 AM ET
The July night sky is filled with planets to the delight of stargazers and astronomers, but you'll have to know when and where to look to get your summer solar system fix.
01 July 2014, 10:43 AM ET
See what's up in the night sky for July 2014, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this Space.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
01 July 2014, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in June 2014.
30 June 2014, 05:47 PM ET
June 21, the day of the northern summer solstice, has much more than 15 hours of sunlight if the extensive twilight periods around dusk and dawn are taken into account.
30 June 2014, 11:18 AM ET
The Scorpius constellation is easy to find by its reddish star: Antares (heart of the scorpion). To its west, the M4 “Cat’s Eye” globular cluster can be found. To the east, a group of stars form the Teapot asterism.
30 June 2014, 10:29 AM ET
Saturn and Mars are visible in the evening and Venus and Mercury can be found before sunrise. At the end of the month, the annual Delta Aquarid peaks with 20 meteors per hour. -- Skywatching Guide: http://goo.gl/uETMG9
29 June 2014, 11:14 AM ET
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28 June 2014, 01:47 PM ET
From night-shining clouds to stunning images of the Milky Way, don't miss these amazing objects to watch in the night sky.
28 June 2014, 12:37 PM ET
From the true size of sun's atmosphere to a trio of huge black holes, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for June 28, 2014.
28 June 2014, 07:05 AM ET
Jupiter will end its brilliant year-long showing on Sunday evening (June 29) with a rendezvous with a young and slender crescent moon. Both objects will sit low on the horizon in the twilight sky.
27 June 2014, 12:16 PM ET
The glowing Milky Way shines over Rattlesnake Lake in Washington State in this stunning image. Astrophotographer Matt Zietzke took this image from Rattlesnake Lake near North Bend, Washington on May 19, 2014.
27 June 2014, 07:01 AM ET
Scorpius is one of the prettiest constellations in the sky, and one of the few that actually resemble their names.
27 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
An astrophotographer sends in a stunning a panoramic image of the Milky Way over a field in New Hampshire.
23 June 2014, 12:59 PM ET
It might be worth any skywatcher's while to set an alarm for 60 to 90 minutes before sunrise tomorrow (June 24) to see a very pretty celestial scene.
23 June 2014, 07:19 AM ET
A skywatcher embraces the cosmos like Atlas of Greek mythology, holding and protecting the clouds of the Milky Way from a low cloudy yellow band at the bottom of the image.
22 June 2014, 07:35 AM ET
Earth's polar skies have lit up with eerie blue-white glowing clouds, slowly twisting and undulating in the twilight sky every summer since the late 19th century.
20 June 2014, 10:21 PM ET
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