Skywatching Archive
21 March 2014, 06:00 AM ET
This week, I spent my first night under the stars at Kitt Peak in southern Arizona, and I tried to take some pictures of bright spots in the sky.
20 March 2014, 06:04 PM ET
7 Western University (Ontario) all-sky cameras and two operated by NASA recorded the fireball over the northern shore of Lake Erie on Mar. 18, 2014. Golf ball or softball-sized fragments may have reach the ground northwest of St. Thomas, Ontario.
20 March 2014, 05:40 PM ET
Scientists are rushing to a possible meteorite impact site in southwestern Ontario, Canada, after a bright fireball lit up the skies there Tuesday night (March 18). The basketball-sized fireball was spotted at 10:24 p.m. local time in seven cameras.
20 March 2014, 03:18 PM ET
Spring has officially begun in the Northern Hemisphere and the brilliant planet Saturn is kicking the stargazing season with a celestial meet-up with the moon overnight tonight and Friday (March 20 and 21).
20 March 2014, 06:00 AM ET
The weather did not cooperate for night owls hoping to see a rare celestial sight in the wee hours of Thursday morning (March 20). Skywatchers stayed up late hoping to see the huge asteroid 163 Erigone pass in front of the bright star Regulus.
19 March 2014, 04:31 PM ET
Get a little tipsy at your favorite bar while checking out a very rare cosmic treat happening above New York City tonight: An asteroid the size of Rhode Island will pass in front of one of the brightest stars in the night sky during the wee hours.
19 March 2014, 01:49 PM ET
Avid astrophotographer Mike Taylor captured this amazing image of the Milky Way galaxy, planet Venus and dazzling meteor on March 4, 2014. See how he did it.
19 March 2014, 01:31 PM ET
Photographer Matt Hartman captured this stunning image of an airplane streaking across a huge Full 'Worm' Moon on Sunday (March 16) as full moon of March lit up the Los Angeles sky.
19 March 2014, 11:38 AM ET
The zodiacal light is one of the faintest celestial features you can see in the night sky, but only if you know how to look. The next two weeks are prime times to seek out the faint zodiacal light caused by sunlight reflecting off interplanetary dust. Her
19 March 2014, 11:25 AM ET
Skywatchers will get a glimpse of some truly amazing night sky events in 2014, from an asteroid zooming past one of the night sky's brightest stars to amazing full moons and Martian meteor showers. See the highlights in this Space.com infographic.
19 March 2014, 09:00 AM ET
Woot! Spring break is here and it's time to take a trip - space style. This spring break, I'm shadowing Columbia astronomy professors and students to see the night sky from Kitt Peak, Arizona, a mecca of astronomy observatories. Check it out.
19 March 2014, 01:03 AM ET
An asteroid the size of Rhode Island will briefly blot out one of the brightest stars in the sky overnight tonight (March 19-20), and you can watch the rare celestial event live online. Here's how.
18 March 2014, 05:37 PM ET
If you have clear weather this evening, you may catch a view of a waning gibbous moon accompanied by a very bright and colorful planet (Mars) to its upper left and a bright blue star (Spica) to its upper right.
18 March 2014, 01:25 PM ET
See photos, images and skywatching maps for the rare eclipse of the bright star Regulus by the huge asteroid 163 Erigone on March 20, 2014. Space.com is providing full coverage of the celestial event.
18 March 2014, 01:19 PM ET
Mike Kentrianakis, Dave Cartenuto and Dick Rinehart also developed an animation at: http://youtu.be/2rhxM6MnVO4 which depicts the movement of the asteroid’s shadow on the Earth in concert with a clock counting down to the nearest 100th of a second.
18 March 2014, 01:09 PM ET
Amateur astronomers Mike Kentrianakis, Dave Cartenuto and Dick Rinehart simulates the “winking out” of Regulus by Asteroid 163 Erigone on March 20th, 2014. (video looped) See it here as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDiroNjGoic
18 March 2014, 12:48 PM ET
An exceedingly rare celestial event is predicted for the early morning hours of Thursday (March 20) when an asteroid will briefly hide from view one of the brightest stars in the sky, as seen from Earth. The asteroid 163 Erigone will block the star Regulu
18 March 2014, 11:37 AM ET
On March 20th, 2014, Asteroid 163 Erigone will 'occult' Regulus, one of the brightest stars in the sky. This event will be visible from parts of the Northeast United States. Slooh.com will have live coverage.
17 March 2014, 05:45 PM ET
A rare cosmic sight will grace the night sky this week when the huge the asteroid Erigone passes in front of the bright star Regulus, as seen from Earth, on the night of March 19 and 20.
17 March 2014, 06:45 AM ET
Night sky photographer Miguel Claro of Lisbon, Portugal, reveals stunning images showing craters of the moon in March. See how he did it here.
16 March 2014, 11:56 AM ET
As darkness falls these brisk March evenings, we can see a noble star pattern emerging into view in the eastern night sky: The great celestial lion Leo, king of the beasts, accompanied by its brightest star, Regulus, marking the lion's heart.
16 March 2014, 12:10 AM ET
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15 March 2014, 11:37 PM ET
From a blindingly-bright fireball blazing across an aurora-filled sky to amazing views of our planet tweeted by astronauts, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for March 16, 2014.
15 March 2014, 08:18 AM ET
The March full moon will rise on Sunday night (March 16) in a brilliant display that will allow Internet denizens to investigate the site of the most brilliant lunar explosion in a free live webcast, weather permitting.
13 March 2014, 11:07 AM ET
Capture the sky through a telescope you make yourself.
12 March 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The moon will pass in front of a star cluster tonight (March 12), and you can watch it happen. As the moon moves around the Earth, it frequently passes in front of stars, causing what is called a lunar occultation.
11 March 2014, 05:46 PM ET
A brilliant fireball blazed across an aurora-filled sky over remote Northwest Territories in Canada in these spectacular images by astrophotographer Yuichi Takasaka of the photography group The World at Night (TWAN). See his photos.
11 March 2014, 08:40 AM ET
Bright Venus rises and the Milky Way dazzles over the light-polluted skies above Singapore in this rare image recently sent to Space.com. See how the photographer did it.
10 March 2014, 06:30 PM ET
The moon sets over the Atlantic Ocean in this beautiful photo and timelapse video taken by photographer Miguel Claro in Portugal. See how the photographer captured the scene.
09 March 2014, 12:12 PM ET
An asteroid the size of a skyscraper will make a distant flyby of Earth this week, and you watch astronomers track the space rock tonight (March 9) in a live webcast, weather permitting. The asteroid poses no threat to Earth.
08 March 2014, 04:16 PM ET
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08 March 2014, 01:17 PM ET
From a disintegrating asteroid to space junk cleanup, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for March 8, 2014.