Skywatching Archive
13 August 2015, 08:30 AM ET
The Perseids meteor shower arises out of the debris of Comet Swift-Tuttle, which last made a pass by Earth in 1992.
13 August 2015, 08:30 AM ET
Watching a meteor shower on a clear, dark night is an unforgettable experience.
12 August 2015, 03:56 PM ET
For many skywatchers across the United States, clear skies and a dark moon will create optimal viewing conditions for tonight's Perseid meteor shower. Clouds will obscure viewing conditions in some areas, however.
12 August 2015, 03:30 PM ET
Photographer Jeffrey Berkes took this image from Cannon Beach in Oregon around the Haystack Rock Bird Sanctuary.
12 August 2015, 06:55 AM ET
The potentially dazzling Perseid meteor shower will reach its peak in the overnight hours tonight, and you can watch it live online courtesy of NASA if weather spoils your view. Here's how to watch it online
11 August 2015, 03:46 PM ET
More than 6,000 'Star Trek' fans are now part of a giant online tribute to Leonard Nimoy, who played the Vulcan alien Spock on the famed series.
11 August 2015, 08:13 AM ET
The Perseid meteor shower is the most widely observed and dependable annual meteor display of the year, and its peak this week has all the earmarks of being an excellent example of celestial fireworks, weather permitting.
10 August 2015, 12:19 PM ET
This stunning image of the Millky Way was taken over Mt. Manaslu in the Himalayas. Mumbai-based amateur astrophotographer, Kuntal A. Joisher, took this image in fall of 2014 during a trek on the mountain.
10 August 2015, 11:11 AM ET
The Milky Way arcs above a spotlight-illuminated house in a beautiful new space photograph by 'astro-paparazzi' David Martin of Virginia. See how he made the photo here.
09 August 2015, 07:01 AM ET
The annual Perseid meteor shower will reach its peak this week on Wednesday (Aug. 12) and Thursday (Aug. 13), giving amateur skywatchers an evening show.
08 August 2015, 08:58 AM ET
From an incredible photo of the moon crossing Earth's face to a new view of the dwarf planet Cere's mysterious bright spots, don't miss these amazing space images.
07 August 2015, 01:40 PM ET
Over the next few nights, observers with clear skies and a great view of the low western horizon may be able to observe a triple conjunction between the planets Mercury and Jupiter and the bright star Regulus.
07 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Saturn will shine during the month of August, and with luck stargazers will be able to catch a glimpse of Mars and Venus if they know when to look with this day-by-day breakdown.
05 August 2015, 04:15 PM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in's gallery of cosmic images posted in July 2015.
03 August 2015, 05:22 PM ET
Just two days after the second full moon of July created a so-called blue moon, a NASA photographer captured some stunning views of the International Space Station zipping across the lunar landscape.
03 August 2015, 04:24 PM ET
The Perseid's peak On Aug.13th, and the lack of moonlight creates the possibility of seeing up to 100 meteors per hour. All eight planets are visible and with a telescope, former planet Pluto, Ceres, Vesta, Juno and Pallas can be spotted.
03 August 2015, 06:59 AM ET
Astronomers from all over the world are gathering in Honolulu, Hawaii, to discuss the most cutting edge space science around. Members of the public can join the scientists for talks and stargazing events.
01 August 2015, 10:00 AM ET
The second full moon of July brought a stunning Blue Moon to skywatchers around the world on July 31, wowing them with a spectacular lunar sight. See their photos and reactions here.
01 August 2015, 07:14 AM ET
The second full moon of July 2015, a so-called Blue Moon, wowed stargazers around the world on July 31, 2015. See their amazing photos in our gallery here.
31 July 2015, 06:55 PM ET
From an amazing view of Africa from space to a tint galaxy bursting with stars, don't miss these stunning space images.
31 July 2015, 03:01 PM ET
See what's up in the night sky for August 2015, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
31 July 2015, 12:30 PM ET
In a coincidence of cosmic proportions, the second full moon of July rises tonight, making it a so-called "Blue Moon" — and Blue Moon Brewing Co. will celebrate its 20th anniversary by painting the town red.
31 July 2015, 09:34 AM ET
Planet HD 219134b was detected using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. It resides 21 light-years away in the Cassiopeia constellation and its star is visible from Earth. The planet orbits too close to its star to support life.
31 July 2015, 06:00 AM ET
There's a "Blue Moon" in the sky today, but it won't look different than other full moons. The term blue moon has come to refer to the second full moon in a given month.
29 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Photographers in La Palma, Spain, captured this sliver of moon over a cloud landscape that evokes Cloud City on the planet Bespin, a floating metropolis from "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back."
27 July 2015, 05:49 PM ET
With all the news about Pluto this month, most skywatchers may not be aware that Ceres, the brightest and nearest of the dwarf planets, reached its opposition to the sun on Saturday (July 25).
27 July 2015, 04:01 PM ET
The definition of "Blue Moon" has evolved slowly to the modern "2nd full moon in a month" formulation. But what sky-watchers usually see is the same old grayish-white – unless a volcanic eruption filters the Sun’s reflected light. Science@NASA explai
27 July 2015, 12:02 PM ET
The Perseid meteor shower will peak on Aug. 12th and 13th with raining debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle. Venus and Mars make an appearance in the morning sky, and Saturn is an evening planet. Also, Cygnus (the Swan) and Lyra (the small harp)...
23 July 2015, 08:00 AM ET
There's nothing worse than missing a fantastic night-sky viewing event because of bad weather. Here are some websites that can help you figure out when your local skies will be prime for skywatching.
23 July 2015, 08:00 AM ET
Each summer, amateurs all over the world look forward to observing August's famous Perseid meteors, but they often overlook no fewer than six showers that begin in July, with three reaching their maximum this month.
21 July 2015, 08:00 AM ET
Searching for life on exoplanets can be a challenge if the planet is covered in clouds — but a new technique could identify cloudy planets before astronomers spend precious telescope time studying them.