Skywatching Archive
02 December 2014, 11:00 AM ET
With luck, skywatchers can catch sight of the five brightest planets in the sky this month. Mercury, Mars, Venus, Saturn and Jupiter should all be on display.
01 December 2014, 07:50 PM ET
The two constellations hold a bevy of star clusters ripe for gazing in December. Also, Mars, Jupiter and Venus are the evening planets to look for and Saturn before sunrise. Lastly, the Geminid meteor show peaks on the night of Dec. 13th to 14th.
01 December 2014, 05:03 PM ET
Christmas is a great time to look for a telescope for your budding amateur astronomer. But there are some things to keep in mind when buying a telescope. Here are some tips and features to consider when looking for astronomy telescopes and binoculars.
01 December 2014, 03:43 PM ET
First the Geminids (12/13-12/15) and then the Ursid (12/22-12/23) meteors will 'rain' in the night sky in December. Also, Jupiter, Venus, Mercury, Mars, Uranus and Neptune are great skywatching targets. Comet PanSTARRS and comet Siding Spring are vi
01 December 2014, 11:00 AM ET
See what's up in the night sky for December 2014, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this SPACE.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
01 December 2014, 10:19 AM ET
Several Americans spent the holiday on top of Mt. Noulja in Abisko National Park on Nov. 27th, 2014. They were treated to an intense northern lights display which was captured by photographer/tour guide Chad Blakley (lightsoverlapland.com).
01 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
This stunning image shows a plane appearing to pass before the sun. Astrophotographer Michael Sanders captured the image from Bangkok, Thailand.
01 December 2014, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in November 2014.
28 November 2014, 07:24 AM ET
These amazing images show the planet Mars passing below two nebulas. Astrophotographer Derek Demeter took the images from the Stardust Ranch in Okeechobee, Florida.
27 November 2014, 07:11 AM ET
To a casual stargazer, most stars look the same. Some may be brighter, others dimmer, but for the most part, they are all variations on the same theme. All stars are so far away that we see them only as pinpoints of light.
26 November 2014, 02:12 PM ET
Oberwerk's Ultra 15x70 are a wonderful balance of size, weight and optical performance. Space.com's Editors chose them over all others, except one. Medium binoculars can be mounted or handheld if braced.
26 November 2014, 02:11 PM ET
The Orion Astronomy 20x80 Binoculars are really a pair of refracting telescopes. They are our second favorite pair of large astronomy binoculars.
26 November 2014, 02:06 PM ET
Celestron's Cometron 7 x 50 offers remarkable views and excellent value for a low price. Space.com's editors chose them over all others, except one. These small binoculars are easy to carry and superb for kids.
26 November 2014, 09:52 AM ET
Observers with keen eyes will be able to see two little-spotted planets in the night sky this season.
25 November 2014, 07:20 AM ET
This evening, look low near the west-southwest horizon about an hour after sunset for a slender (14 percent illuminated) crescent moon. Mars will sit about 9 degrees to the left of the moon.
24 November 2014, 11:00 AM ET
The stunning green glow in this image comes from an aurora at Glacier National Park in Montana. Astrophotographer John Ashley took this image from Livingston Mountain Range in Glacier National Park on Oct. 20, 2014.
23 November 2014, 01:45 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
21 November 2014, 10:40 AM ET
The morning sky will play host to a spectacular gathering of solar system objects grouped closely together tomorrow (Nov. 22), but it won't be easy for observers on Earth to see it.
20 November 2014, 09:48 PM ET
Read about the history and future of Earth’s sun as well as fun facts about the sun’s age, size, temperature, and phenomena like solar flares.
20 November 2014, 04:10 PM ET
See stunning photos of the night sky and sun as seen by stargazers around the world in this Space.com photo gallery for October 2014 made up of images sent in by Space.com readers.
20 November 2014, 07:01 AM ET
See amazing photos of the Andromeda Galaxy, also known as M(31), as seen by space telescopes, astronomers and stargazers.
20 November 2014, 06:49 AM ET
A huge number of stars shine brightly in an amazing skywatcher photo of the Andromeda Galaxy.
19 November 2014, 08:40 PM ET
Learn how Earth’s moon formed, how its orbit affects Earth’s tides, why solar and lunar eclipses happen and the history of lunar exploration.
17 November 2014, 12:56 PM ET
The annual Leonid meteor shower peaks tonight and you can watch it live online.
16 November 2014, 11:12 AM ET
The Leonid meteor shower of 2014 will peak on Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 17 and 18), but don't expect a dazzling celestial light show. Here's what to expect from the Leonids this year.
15 November 2014, 10:40 AM ET
If you were up late Friday night, or rather awake in the wee hours of Saturday, you may have seen two brilliant objects that will immediately catch your eye if the sky is clear.
15 November 2014, 10:00 AM ET
Stargazers in the U.S. should look for meteors on Monday and Tuesday morning before dawn.
15 November 2014, 12:46 AM ET
Learn about the composition and orbit of comets, as well as the history of their discovery, famous comets and space missions to analyze them.
13 November 2014, 05:29 PM ET
To the casual observer, the moon may be only an occasional highlight in the night sky. But if you track the moon through its monthly phases, you might be surprised by what you see.
13 November 2014, 04:03 PM ET
: Late autumn is an excellent time to observe four of the most variable stars in the sky: Mira, Algol, and Delta Cephei. As their name suggests, variable stars are ones that, for one reason or another, varies in brightness over time.
12 November 2014, 10:38 PM ET
The Big Dipper is an asterism in the constellation Ursa Major. The familiar group of stars serves as a pointer to other locations in the sky.
12 November 2014, 08:20 PM ET
Lick Observatory, in operation since 1888, is involved in the search for planets outside the solar system.