Skywatching Archive
15 April 2014, 05:30 AM ET
The moon took on an eerie blood-red hue early Tuesday during the first total lunar eclipse of 2014, a celestial sight that wowed potentially millions of stargazers across North and South America. See photos of the amazing total lunar eclipse here.
14 April 2014, 05:00 PM ET
The spectacle is often more beautiful and interesting than one would think. During the time that the moon is entering into and later emerging from out of the Earth's shadow, secondary phenomena may be overlooked.
14 April 2014, 04:38 PM ET
The first total lunar eclipse of 2014 will occur overnight tonight, marking the start of an eclipse tetrad — four back-to-back total lunar eclipses — that will happen over the next 18 months.
14 April 2014, 04:30 PM ET
Tonight, if the weather is clear, favorably placed skywatchers will have a view of one of nature's most beautiful spectacles: a total eclipse of the moon.
14 April 2014, 02:39 PM ET
NASA planetary scientist Dr.Shawn Domagal-Goldman explains why this phenomenon occurs and also why Earth will experience a tetrad or 4 lunar eclipses in nearly 18 months. Total Lunar Eclipse Skywatching Guide: http://goo.gl/TjZIzU
14 April 2014, 11:43 AM ET
For most U.S. states east of the Mississippi, tonight's total lunar eclipse will likely turn to be a total bust, while in contrast, much of the central and western United States are likely to get a fine view of the 'blood moon' in all its brilliance.
14 April 2014, 02:01 AM ET
Monday features the launch of SpaceX's third contracted cargo mission to the International Space Station, a great view of a superbright Mars and a total eclipse of the moon overnight.
13 April 2014, 10:28 AM ET
A huge night for stargazers is nearly here: On Monday evening (April 14), Mars will make its closest approach to Earth in six years, just ahead of a total eclipse of the moon.
13 April 2014, 12:13 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
12 April 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Fancy a lunar eclipse? Skywatchers in the United States have the chance to see four total eclipses in the next 18 months, beginning with a 'blood moon' on Tuesday (April 15), just in time for Tax Day.
12 April 2014, 03:17 AM ET
Despite frozen shutters and cracking film, Victor Rogus captured the 2000 lunar eclipse.
11 April 2014, 12:16 PM ET
The total lunar eclipse of April 14-15 is the first lunar eclipse of 2014, and kicks of a tetrad of lunar eclipses (group of four). See how to observe the April 15 total lunar eclipse in this Space.com visibility map gallery.
11 April 2014, 09:12 AM ET
Avid night sky photographer captures a stunning look at famed Orion Nebula using portable photography gear for the first time. See how he did it.
11 April 2014, 08:45 AM ET
Astrophotographer Steve Zigler created this image of Zodiacal light in Death Valley, California. See how he did it here.
11 April 2014, 07:20 AM ET
In just a few days, the first total eclipse of the moon to be visible across the whole of North America since December of 2010 will occur. But to make the most of your moon-watching experience, there are some tips to keep in mind.
10 April 2014, 11:21 AM ET
Alaska Aurora Tour group teacher/photographer John Chumack (http://GalacticImages.com)captured the Northern Lights above the Chena Hot Springs Resort, atop Charlie Dome. The next tour is schedule for 2015: http://goo.gl/TD64VQ
10 April 2014, 01:12 AM ET
The northern lights, captured over the snow of Maine.
09 April 2014, 12:30 PM ET
There has been a lot of interest recently in an upcoming series of lunar eclipses that begins April 15. These are usually described as "Four Blood Moons" and taken by some to prophesy upcoming disasters.
09 April 2014, 10:29 AM ET
The batteries that power NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter need sunlight to recharge, and the probe will fly in darkness for long periods during the total lunar eclipse, which will be visible throughout the Western Hemisphere on April 14 and 15.
08 April 2014, 02:20 PM ET
Veteran astrophotographer A. Garrett Evans of central New Hampshire endured the bitter cold of York, Maine, on March 3 to take this stunning panorama of the Milky Way galaxy and Venus.
08 April 2014, 01:57 PM ET
Amazing night sky images from U.S. Air Force personnel.
08 April 2014, 01:52 PM ET
Photographer Osakabe Yasuo captured the stunning moon-and-machine snapshot on March 22 from Yokota Air Base, Japan, as a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globmaster III soared with the moon.
08 April 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Mars and the sun are directly opposite each other in Earth's sky today, which is why the formation is known as an opposition of Mars. You can watch two live shows about the Mars opposition here on Space.com beginning at 7 p.m. EDT tonight.
08 April 2014, 07:00 AM ET
This spectacle of celestial shadows will be the first of two total lunar eclipses that North America will be able to observe in 2014. Unlike an eclipse of the sun, an eclipse of the moon presents no hazards to the viewer. No precautions to protect the eye
07 April 2014, 05:27 PM ET
Planets abound in the night sky this month, which affords good views of Venus, Jupiter and Neptune. And on Tuesday (April 8), Mars will make its closest approach to Earth in more than six years.
07 April 2014, 02:19 PM ET
Mars takes the celestial stage in a rare event Tuesday (April 8) when the planet comes into alignment with Earth and the Sun about one week before an even more spectacular cosmic sight.
07 April 2014, 10:01 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in March 2014.
06 April 2014, 11:15 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
05 April 2014, 04:04 PM ET
From images of a U.S. Air Force Defense Meteorological Satellite Program payload launch into space to an amateur astronomer’s famous moon shot, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for April 5, 2014.
05 April 2014, 08:36 AM ET
An amazing new video posted to YouTube this week purports to show a meteorite hurtling past a skydiver in Norway. The sheer improbability of this close encounter warrants skepticism. But if the video is a hoax, it's a pretty good one.
05 April 2014, 08:00 AM ET
Step outside Sunday (April 6) evening to see a rendezvous of two of the brightest objects in the night sky: the moon and the planet Jupiter.