Skywatching Archive
26 September 2015, 08:13 AM ET
Veteran astrophotographers Imelda Joson and Edwin Aguirre give tips on how to photograph sunday’s total lunar eclipse.
26 September 2015, 07:27 AM ET
A lunar eclipse provides spectacular viewing opportunities for everyone, from amateur skywatchers to experienced observers — read on to learn how to describe what you see.
26 September 2015, 07:25 AM ET
A gorgeous spherical lamp called Luna lets you bring a moon replica straight into your home.
25 September 2015, 06:00 PM ET
Veteran space photographers Edwin Aguirre and Imelda Joson show ways to photograph lunar eclipses in this photo guide.
25 September 2015, 04:02 PM ET
On Sunday (Sept. 27), skywatchers across the United States have a special treat: The full "supermoon" (a full moon when the moon is closest to Earth) will go into eclipse. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes into the shadow of the Earth.
25 September 2015, 02:54 PM ET
What should observers expect to see happen during Sunday night's total lunar eclipse? Check out our guide to find out!
24 September 2015, 06:42 PM ET
The two celestial objects form a striking "double star" about one-quarter of the way up in the eastern sky one hour before sunrise through the end of September. They are closest together early Friday morning (Sept. 25).
24 September 2015, 02:50 PM ET
What should you serve for Sunday's supermoon lunar eclipse? has a few moon-themed suggestions.
24 September 2015, 02:50 PM ET
In celebration of the total lunar eclipse this weekend, we've cooked up some moon-inspired cocktails that are sure to spice up your lunar viewing party.
24 September 2015, 09:33 AM ET
As the full moon moves into the darkest part of Earth's shadow Sunday night (Sept. 27), tune into these live webcasts for expert commentary and a crystal-clear view.
24 September 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Myths abound about the moon, from the fabled "dark side" to the persistent belief that the Apollo landings were faked. Here's a look at some major lunar misconceptions, just in time for Sunday's rare "supermoon" total lunar eclipse.
23 September 2015, 04:55 PM ET
The winning images from the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition were announced last week, and the list is an awe-inspiring collection of celestial awesomeness.
23 September 2015, 04:44 PM ET
See the winners of the 2015 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest, run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night Magazine.
23 September 2015, 04:34 PM ET
The Sunday evening eclipse is the last in a "tetrad" — a term for four total lunar eclipses happening at six-month intervals — that has been stunning skywatchers across the United States for the past 18 months,
23 September 2015, 01:42 PM ET
This Sunday night moon observers have the chance to see a lunar triple treat, weather permitting. Not only is it a Harvest Full Moon, but also a so-called supermoon and total lunar eclipse.
23 September 2015, 07:17 AM ET
As you settle in Sunday night to watch the supermoon lunar eclipse, kick back with some moon tunes as chosen by's staff.
22 September 2015, 05:24 PM ET
This weekend's rare supermoon total lunar eclipse offers a mix of risk and scientific opportunity for NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been studying Earth's nearest neighbor up close since 2009.
21 September 2015, 06:53 AM ET
With a week until the huge supermoon lunar eclipse, it's time to dust off your small telescopes and binoculars, track down an observatory event or webcast, or draft your invitations for a moon-cake party.
18 September 2015, 11:06 PM ET
From a partial solar eclipse to a new view of Pluto, don't miss these amazing space images.
18 September 2015, 01:51 PM ET
An unusual star pattern denoting an exceedingly unusual beast will be visible in the night sky this week — the sea goat.
18 September 2015, 01:23 PM ET
If the weather is clear this evening, skywatchers will get to see two of the most popular objects to view through a telescope: the moon and Saturn.
18 September 2015, 09:25 AM ET
Total solar eclipses are one of nature’s grandest events. What is a total solar eclipse? How do they work? And when is the next one? We explain.
18 September 2015, 07:27 AM ET
Learn what makes a big full moon a true 'supermoon' in this infographic.
17 September 2015, 07:43 AM ET
On Sept. 27, skywatchers throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa and western Asia will witness a total eclipse that happens to occur when the moon looks abnormally large and bright in Earth's sky. Here's the science behind the "supermoon eclipse."
16 September 2015, 07:48 AM ET
Starting with the waxing crescent moon tonight (Sept. 16), skywatchers with binoculars or small telescopes can spot the moon's geographic features in vivid detail. Here's how, and what to look out for.
14 September 2015, 05:04 PM ET
Astrophotographer John Chumack, along with daughter Kayla, took this close-up of a solar prominence on May 19, from Dayton, Ohio.
14 September 2015, 04:20 PM ET
A satellite glimpsed yesterday's (Sept. 13) partial solar eclipse three times from space. Viewers in South Africa saw it just once, and tracked their experience in new skywatching photos.
14 September 2015, 11:16 AM ET
A partial solar eclipse occurred on Sept. 13, 2015. See photos from the event by skywatchers in South Africa and a satellite in space.
12 September 2015, 09:00 AM ET
Sunday's eclipse will be visible directly only to observers in southern Africa, but people everywhere can view it live thanks to a webcast hosted by the Slooh Community Observatory. The show begins at 12:30 a.m. EDT; watch live here at
11 September 2015, 09:29 AM ET
What makes the moon turn dark and red? Find out in this infographic.
11 September 2015, 09:29 AM ET
How Solar Eclipses Work: When the moon covers up the sun, skywatchers delight in the opportunity to see a rare spectacle.
10 September 2015, 04:44 PM ET
On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, the United States will fall under the Moon shadow with huge swaths of the country viewing a total eclipse, while the rest is treated to a partial eclipse. Exact areas can be seen in these visualizations created by NASA.