Skywatching Archive
31 December 2013, 10:10 AM ET
See what's up in the night sky for January 2014, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
31 December 2013, 09:27 AM ET
A crescent Venus, Jupiter at opposition, Taurus constellation and its Red-Giant 'eye' and the Quadrantid meteor shower makes for quite a skywatching show. In the market for a telescope? - Click the blue 'SHOP' link above.
31 December 2013, 09:06 AM ET
The Gas Giant is 83 Million miles away on average. In January it will be 391 million miles away when its reaches opposition. Venus is the only object that will be brighter than Jupiter. Need a telescope? - Click the blue 'SHOP' link above.
30 December 2013, 04:04 PM ET
Night sky photographer LeRoy Zimmerman captured these amazing images of aurora borealis over Alaska. See how he captured the views near Fairbanks in early December.
30 December 2013, 04:00 PM ET
See photos of amazing auroras taken by readers in 2013.
30 December 2013, 02:00 PM ET
Amateur astronomer David Ellison captured this beautiful image of the Horsehead and Flame Nebulas from his backyard in Chatanooga, Tenn. See how he did it here.
30 December 2013, 10:14 AM ET
The space rock was discovered on Dec. 23rd, 2013 and will be makes its closest approach to Earth (3.6 lunar distance) on Jan. 3rd, 2014. Its is estimated to be 102 meters or 400 feet-wide.
28 December 2013, 09:25 PM ET
Tim Cline ( captured the meteor streaking across the night sky on Dec. 26th, 2013. (upper right corner of the video).
28 December 2013, 08:57 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
28 December 2013, 08:24 PM ET
From photos of rare noctilucent clouds to images from a vital holiday spacewalk, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Dec. 28, 2013.
28 December 2013, 02:02 PM ET
From a stunning time-lapse video showing observatories atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii, to an image of the International Space Station crossing a crescent moon, don't miss these stunning night sky photos by stargazers and readers.
27 December 2013, 12:18 PM ET
See 100 amazing photos the night sky from the year 2013 in this spectacular collection of images submitted to by amateur astronomers and skywatchers. Which is your favorite view?
26 December 2013, 04:59 PM ET
The Christmas holiday was extra merry for veteran northern lights photographer, who captured yuletide auroras shimmering across the sky over Sweden's Abisko National Park. See how it looked to Chad Blakely in this Christmas aurora video.
26 December 2013, 08:48 AM ET
Chad Blakley ( grabbed his camera on Christmas Day 2013 and captured the festive Northern Lights above the frozen shore of Lake Torneträsk in Abisko National Park.
26 December 2013, 07:41 AM ET
See amazing solar eclipse and night sky photos taken by readers in December 2013 in this amateur astronomer image gallery.
25 December 2013, 09:00 AM ET
The Milky Way moves across the night sky in this stunning composite image recently sent to
24 December 2013, 04:09 PM ET
The International Space Station can be seen cruising in front of a crescent moon in this stunning night sky photo recently sent to
24 December 2013, 02:52 PM ET
Early risers will have an opportunity to see the moon move through the sky on Christmas Day and throughout the week.
23 December 2013, 03:56 PM ET
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23 December 2013, 02:03 PM ET
Night-shining clouds started glowing high above Antarctica earlier than usual this year, data from a NASA satellite show. These rare types of wispy blue-white clouds, called noctilucent clouds, form when water freezes around meteor smoke.
23 December 2013, 07:17 AM ET
As 2013 draws to a close, it's time to look forward to the stargazing highlights of the coming year. Here are 11 of the most noteworthy sky events that will take place in 2014. will provide more coverage of these events as they draw closer.
22 December 2013, 10:01 AM ET
A new viral time-lapse video depicts the Milky Way over Mauna Kea, Hawaii, in amazing detail, complete with telescopes and lasers. Astronomy grad student Sean Goebel created the video from photographs shot in April and the summer of 2013.
20 December 2013, 07:45 AM ET
When skywatchers think of meteor showers during the month of December, they immediately think of the Geminids, the most prolific and reliable of the dozen or so annual meteor displays.
18 December 2013, 04:11 PM ET
A piece of an asteroid likely from the asteroid belt burned up over Tennessee December 17th. The object was around 20 inches across and weighing approximately 400 lbs.
18 December 2013, 02:12 PM ET
This coming Saturday (Dec. 21) marks one of the four major way stations on the Earth’s annual journey around the sun. It will be the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, and the summer solstice for folks in the south.
18 December 2013, 07:30 AM ET
Step outside Wednesday evening and look to the east-northeast sky for a surprising celestial sight. If you're outside around 6:30 p.m. EST (2330 GMT) and weather permits, the first striking view you might get is the moon. It will be one night past full.
16 December 2013, 04:00 PM ET
Former NASA scientist Fred Herrmann of Huntsville, Ala., submitted this view of the Tarantula Nebula to on Dec. 1. See how he used a remotely operated telescope to capture the stunning view.
16 December 2013, 01:42 PM ET
One of the best meteor showers of the year wowed skywatchers during its peak last weekend, and some stargazers took the opportunity to snap incredible photos of the cosmic display.
15 December 2013, 04:18 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
15 December 2013, 02:54 PM ET
From amazing photos of the “Jade Rabbit” rover basking in Lunar Bay of Rainbows to stunning images of the Geminid meteor shower, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Dec. 15, 2013.
15 December 2013, 02:10 PM ET
From amazing images of the Geminid meteor shower to cosmic “tadpoles,” don't miss these stunning night sky photos by stargazers and readers.
15 December 2013, 07:55 AM ET
See amazing photos of the 2013 Geminid meteor shower sent to by stargazers, amateur astronomers and veteran night sky photographers.