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Skywatching Archive
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, 07:30 PM ET
NASA and the online Slooh community telescope will host separate webcasts featuring the Lyrid meteor shower tonight (April 21) and into the wee hours of Tuesday (April 22) morning. Here's how to watch live.
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.’
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