Skywatching Archive
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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20 June 2014, 10:02 PM ET
From a strange gas stream blotting out a galaxy's bright core to perfect espresso in space, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for June 21, 2014.
20 June 2014, 10:50 AM ET
A stunning new photo shows the full "honey moon" rising behind a woman practicing yoga. The image was taken by photographer Mark Gee on June 13, 2014 from Maupuia Park in Wellington, New Zealand.
18 June 2014, 01:12 PM ET
The Earth will reach one of its four major way stations Saturday (June 21) during its annual trip around the sun.
17 June 2014, 07:37 AM ET
How to see two creatures that loom large in June's night sky — the constellations Centaurus (the Centaur) and Lupus (the Wolf).
17 June 2014, 12:54 AM ET
Enormous telescopes are in development, and if the Hubble Space Telescope's legacy is any indication, their results will transform astronomy.
15 June 2014, 09:40 AM ET
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14 June 2014, 11:03 AM ET
From "The Beast" asteroid to a "World Cup" in space, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for June 14, 2014.