Skywatching Archive
28 April 2014, 03:22 PM ET
Tuesday's "ring of fire" solar eclipse won't be visible to most people here on Earth, but Europe's Proba-2 satellite will aim to capture images of the event for the whole world to see.
28 April 2014, 10:21 AM ET
Star-hop Virgo, Coma Berenices, and Canes Venatici to find the Whirlpool (M51), Sombrero (M104) and Black Eye (M64) galaxies. Find out how where to look in your night sky. Skywatching Guide: http://goo.gl/uETMG9
28 April 2014, 10:09 AM ET
Saturn is close and bright throughout 2014 but maybe best on May 10th ‘opposition,’ its moons visible with telescope. Mars shares the Eastern sky with the ringed gas giant. Skywatching Guide: http://goo.gl/uETMG9
28 April 2014, 02:06 AM ET
The moon will block the sun in the first solar eclipse of the year on Tuesday (April 29), and stargazers in Australia have some of the best seats on the planet. But you don't have to be Down Under to see the sun spectacle — you can watch it online for fre
27 April 2014, 11:00 AM ET
Australians will see the moon cover about 65 percent of the sun's disk in a partial solar eclipse. A small part of Antarctica, however, will witness an annular eclipse, in which a spectacular "ring of fire" blazes in the sky.
26 April 2014, 09:55 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
26 April 2014, 03:11 PM ET
From a massive solar flare to a super-bright meteor exploding over the northern Russian city of Murmansk, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for April 26, 2014.
26 April 2014, 02:57 PM ET
From the moon and Mercury shining together to an amazing auroral display over Alaska, don't miss these spectacular night sky images by stargazers and Space.com readers.
26 April 2014, 07:30 AM ET
The 'ring of fire' annular solar eclipse on Tuesday (April 29), will likely only be seen as a partial solar eclipse to observers. Here's why total solar eclipses dominate sun show attention.
25 April 2014, 11:36 AM ET
A cool new map produced by an amateur astronomer lets interested skywatchers see what next week's solar eclipse will look like from any part of the world.
24 April 2014, 06:50 PM ET
Night sky photographer Giuseppe Petricca of Pisa, Italy, took these gorgeous images on March 3 of the crescent moon illuminated with earthshine over an Italian citadel. See how he did it.
24 April 2014, 05:52 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 April 2014 made up of images sent in by Space.com readers.
24 April 2014, 02:54 PM ET
If your skies are clear before dawn on Friday and Saturday (April 25 and 26), check out the sky low to the east-southeast horizon about 60 to 90 minutes before sunrise for a view of the two brightest objects in the nighttime sky: the moon and Venus.
23 April 2014, 04:58 PM ET
The sun will look like a ring of fire above some remote parts of the world next Tuesday (April 29) during a solar eclipse, but most people around the world won't get a chance to see it.
23 April 2014, 03:49 PM ET
Skywatcher Victor Rogus of Jadwin, Missouri captured this wonderful image of 4 percent illuminated moon in conjunction with planet Mercury on Feb. 27, 2014. See how he did it.
23 April 2014, 02:50 PM ET
Two Michigan-based photographers, Terry Hancock of Fremont and Robert Fields of Howell Township, captured this brilliant image of three nebulas and a star cluster on April 11. See how they did it.
23 April 2014, 12:48 PM ET
The annual meteor shower peaked on April 22nd, 2014 and NASA's All Sky Fireball Network captured many of the streaking meteors as they burnt up in the atmosphere.
22 April 2014, 06:30 AM ET
Light pollution doesn't just make it more difficult for professional and backyard astronomers to observe the heavens, according to a film called "Losing the Dark." It also disrupts wildlife, wastes resources and adversely impacts human health.
21 April 2014, 03:17 PM ET
A super-bright meteor exploded over the northern Russian city of Murmansk early Saturday morning (April 19), a little more than a year after another airburst lit up the skies above Chelyabinsk, about 1,300 miles to the southeast.
21 April 2014, 11:08 AM ET
The Lyrid meteor shower peaks tonight (April 21) and you can watch the shooting star action live online.
19 April 2014, 07:00 AM ET
From five volcanoes erupting at once to a cross-section of the universe, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for April 19, 2014.
19 April 2014, 07:00 AM ET
From a stunning time-lapse of the Milky Way to the Blood moon, don't miss these amazing night sky images by stargazers and Space.com readers.
18 April 2014, 05:01 PM ET
Skywatchers across parts of the United States and southern Canada will get an opportunity to watch as the private spaceflight company SpaceX's Dragon capsule "chases" the International Space Station across the sky.
18 April 2014, 02:10 PM ET
As soon as darkness falls this Easter weekend, step outside and look skyward. What is the most prominent and easiest star pattern to recognize? If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you only need to look overhead and toward the north.
17 April 2014, 05:50 PM ET
Here's how to see two of the three largest asteroids, Ceres and Vesta, in the night sky this month. Although Vesta is about half the size of Ceres, it appears brighter in our sky, because its surface is whiter than that of Ceres, reflecting a lot more of
16 April 2014, 05:34 PM ET
Stargazers took a set of stunning images of Mars during a fortuitous alignment that occurs every two years. The bright rust coloration of Mars is known for is due to iron-rich minerals.
16 April 2014, 05:00 PM ET
Auroras dance, the Milky Way dazzles and lightning sparks in the night sky over some of the most rugged and beautiful terrain South Dakota, Wyoming and Utah have to offer as seen in this magnificent new time-lapse film.
16 April 2014, 12:30 PM ET
If your weather is clear, look toward the eastern sky tonight (April 16) about 10:30 p.m. your local time. You should see the bright moon rising, and just below and to its left will be a bright star-like object.
16 April 2014, 12:00 PM ET
See amazing images of the "blood moon" that appeared April 14-15, 2014.
15 April 2014, 10:47 AM ET
Stargazers around the world were awed by last night's total eclipse of the moon. Observers in a North America, South America, Hawaii and parts of Alaska got a spectacular show as the moon turned blood red during the first total lunar eclipse of 2014.
15 April 2014, 10:00 AM ET
The first total lunar eclipse of 2014 will occur overnight on April 14-15, and mark the beginning of a lunar eclipse tetrad - a group of four back-to-back total lunar eclipses. Space.com is offering complete coverage of the total lunar eclipse.
15 April 2014, 09:15 AM ET
Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, CA captured this time lapse imagery of the ‘Blood Moon’ lunar eclipse, from moments before Earth completely blocked the Moon's view of the Sun until full totality when the moon is fully bathed in ‘umbral shadow.’