Skywatching Archive
03 January 2015, 08:55 AM ET
The 2015 Quadrantid meteor shower peaks tonight (Jan. 3), but the bright moonlight may outshine these dazzling 'shooting stars.' Here is how to see the annual Quadrantids.
02 January 2015, 03:11 PM ET
Currently hovering very low in the southwest twilight sky near the setting sun these evenings is the most brilliant of the planets: Venus. And in the New Year, this planet will truly shine.
01 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Stargazers can start the New Year off with a bang this weekend as the first meteor shower of 2015 reaches its peak on Saturday night (Jan. 3). Here's how to see the 2015 Quadrantid meteor shower.
01 January 2015, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in December 2014.
31 December 2014, 11:50 AM ET
The Geminids come from an asteroid, 3200 Phaethon, but scientists are still trying to figure out exactly how it sheds enough debris to produce the bright meteor shower.
31 December 2014, 08:07 AM ET
See what's up in the night sky for January 2015, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this SPACE.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
31 December 2014, 08:00 AM ET
Look to the skies in 2015 to see total eclipses, amazing planets and meteor showers. Here are some of the most noteworthy skywatching events coming up next year. Space.com will provide more extensive coverage of most of these events as they draw closer.
30 December 2014, 07:34 PM ET
The latest episode of the Space Telescope Science Institute's "Tonight's Sky", learn where to find Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn. Constellation of Auriga, bright star Capella and the Pleides star cluster highlight the month.
29 December 2014, 12:14 PM ET
The beginning of 2015 will be the best time to observe a new comet that could put on a potentially spectacular show in Earth's skies.
27 December 2014, 09:06 AM ET
Look to the sky Sunday (Dec. 28) to see the moon in a close encounter with the planet Uranus. Uranus is theoretically visible with the unaided eye, but realistically most of us need binoculars to see it.
25 December 2014, 08:20 AM ET
While lights decorating Christmas trees twinkle indoors, the stars of the Christmas sky shine brightly during the last week of 2014.
23 December 2014, 06:02 AM ET
See the most amazing night sky photos of 2014 by amateur astronomers and stargazers around the world in our year-end gallery here. Solar eclipses, the moon and more wowed Space.com readers this year.
22 December 2014, 09:45 PM ET
Comet ISON, discovered by two amateur astronomers in Russia, arrived in Earth's neighborhood in November 2013 and apparently broke up as it rounded the sun.
22 December 2014, 11:13 AM ET
When skywatchers think of meteor showers during the month of December, the Geminid shower (which peaked earlier this month) usually comes to mind. But the Ursid meteor shower — peaking tonight and into the wee hours of Tuesday (Dec. 23) morning — should a
19 December 2014, 04:00 PM ET
The Andromeda galaxy appears to twinkle behind two stunning meteors in this skywatching image taken from Tobias Lookout near Kernville, California. Astrophotographer Casey James took this image on August 2nd, 2014.
19 December 2014, 01:14 AM ET
The Summer Triangle is a Northern Hemisphere asterism (star pattern) that is actually an amalgamation of stars from three separate constellations.
18 December 2014, 05:43 PM ET
This week the celestial clock marks two milestones: Saturn's move into the morning sky and the winter solstice. Here's how to see Saturn and the moon before dawn on Dec. 19, then the winter solstice on Dec. 21.
18 December 2014, 09:30 AM ET
On Dec. 15th, 2014, the northern lights were "massive " and "fast-moving" according to photographer Chad Blakley (lightsoverlapland.com). He captured imagery from 3 different locations in Abisko National Park.
18 December 2014, 03:10 AM ET
The Little Dipper is an asterism (star pattern) in the larger constellation of Ursa Minor, the Little Bear. The most famous star in the constellation is Polaris.
16 December 2014, 09:41 PM ET
Learn how stars form, how stars and constellations are named, what happens when stars like our sun evolve, and ultimately, die.
16 December 2014, 04:21 PM ET
Maxim Senin compiled over 15,000 photos taken on the evening of Dec. 12th into the early morning hours of Dec. 13th. Up to 5 meteor per minute could be seen even through the light pollution of the major U.S. city.
16 December 2014, 01:05 PM ET
A storm over central South Dakota provided these stunning images for astrophotographer Randy Halverson.
15 December 2014, 01:40 PM ET
Skywatchers with telescopes on Earth will be able to witness a remarkable cosmic event tonght: Two of Jupiter's moons will cast shadows on the face of the gas giant in the same night.
15 December 2014, 12:56 PM ET
The night sky turned into a shooting gallery on Dec. 14th, 2014, as the annual meteor shower lit up the skies with the debris from asteroid 3200 Phaethon.
15 December 2014, 11:56 AM ET
The Geminid meteor shower amazed skywatchers willing to brave the cold to catch the annual display this weekend.
15 December 2014, 10:43 AM ET
Gemind meteors rained down in 2014. See photos of the 2014 Geminid meteor shower in this Space.com gallery.
15 December 2014, 08:01 AM ET
Astrophotographer Jason Matias took this image in July 2014 above the High Atlas mountains in sub-Saharan Morocco.
13 December 2014, 12:16 PM ET
From what looks like a freshly baked pie on Mars to a great shot of Dwarf Planet Ceres, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Dec. 13, 2014.
13 December 2014, 07:26 AM ET
See the Geminid meteor shower peak tonight (Dec. 13) through three webcasts airing live online.
12 December 2014, 10:31 AM ET
The spectacular Geminid Meteor shower hits peak activity this weekend. Though competing with some unfortunate moonlight, the shower still should make for a must-see astronomical event.
09 December 2014, 10:17 PM ET
Learn how our solar system formed, how it was discovered and the names of the planets, dwarf planets and regions of space that orbit our sun.
09 December 2014, 12:19 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 December 2014 made up of images sent in by Space.com readers.