Skywatching Archive
23 August 2014, 11:55 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
23 August 2014, 02:20 PM ET
From dramatic star formation to Russia's next-generation rocket, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Aug. 23, 2014.
23 August 2014, 12:54 PM ET
From Venus and Jupiter taking center stage, to spectacular auroras, don't miss these amazing objects to watch in the night sky.
22 August 2014, 06:31 PM ET
NASA astronaut Steven Nagel, who flew on four space shuttle missions, died on Thursday, Aug. 21. He was 67. Nagel died after a long battle with cancer, the Association of Space Explorers reported.
22 August 2014, 05:50 PM ET
One of the smallest constellations in the Northern Hemisphere is reaching its highest point in the sky at around midnight local daylight time this week.
22 August 2014, 04:46 PM ET
The three brightest objects in the night sky are set to create a spectacular triangle Saturday (Aug. 23) morning, and weather permitting, early-rising skywatchers should be able to catch the celestial action.
22 August 2014, 02:50 PM ET
Early-rising stargazers were treated to an amazing view of the two brightest planets closely aligned in the morning sky Monday (Aug. 18).
22 August 2014, 10:18 AM ET
On Aug. 18, 2014, Venus and Jupiter took center stage in a stunning pre-dawn celestial conjunction. See amazing photos by stargazers of Venus and Jupiter together in the early-morning sky.
21 August 2014, 04:05 PM ET
Late summer is one of the best times of year to view the full splendor of our galaxy, the Milky Way. Seeing the Milky Way requires a special effort for most of us, but it's well worth the trouble.
19 August 2014, 07:02 PM ET
A meteorite that crashed into a California house in November 2012 can be traced back to the giant impact that formed Earth's moon 4.5 billion years ago, a new study reveals. Astronomers have reconstructed the violent history of the Novato meteorite.
19 August 2014, 10:45 AM ET
John Nelson took this image of the crescent moon from the Pacific Northwest. See how he did it here.
17 August 2014, 09:56 AM ET
The two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, will appear super-close together before sunrise on Monday morning (Aug. 18), and it's just the kickoff for a week of early-bird observing by stargazers.
15 August 2014, 03:46 PM ET
Get up early any morning this week to see a spectacular cosmic treat: two morning "stars" dancing at dawn.
15 August 2014, 02:39 PM ET
The morning star and the gas giant start their convergence on Aug 15th and it culminates in a 'cosmic triangle' when a slender crescent moon joins the party on August 23rd.
13 August 2014, 05:45 PM ET
Astrophotographer Giuseppe Petricca captured the colorful conjuction of the moon, Mars and Spica in this image.See how astrophotographer Giuseppe Petricca captured the photo here.
13 August 2014, 04:21 PM ET
Intrepid photographers in dark parts of the world managed to capture some stunning photos of the Perseid meteor shower as it hit its peak, despite the bright light of a nearly full moon.
13 August 2014, 04:00 PM ET
This image was taken by astrophotographer Amit Kamble from a dark sky site near Foxton, New Zealand on July 27. See how he did it here.
13 August 2014, 12:47 PM ET
The NASA All-Sky Fireball Network captured 2 meteors from the annual shower burning up in the atmosphere nearly simultaneously. It occurred in the early morning hours of August 13th, 2014.
13 August 2014, 09:32 AM ET
Space.com readers sent in their photos of the August 2014 Perseid meteor shower.
12 August 2014, 02:50 PM ET
The dazzling Perseid meteor shower has not yet reached its peak, but NASA cameras planted on the ground in the United States have already witnessed some early fireballs streaking across the summer sky.
12 August 2014, 10:35 AM ET
Google is paying tribute to the annual Perseid meteor shower — peaking tonight (Aug. 12) — with a special doodle honoring the usually spectacular cosmic display.
12 August 2014, 09:00 AM ET
The dazzling Perseid meteor shower peaks overnight tonight (Aug. 12), and you can watch the shooting star display online beginning at 7 p.m. EDT, courtesy of the Slooh Community Observatory and NASA.
12 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The Perseid meteor shower should be most spectacular late Tuesday into early Wednesday, experts say. You can watch live feeds of the Perseids here at Space.com starting at 7 p.m. EDT Tuesday, courtesy of the Slooh Community Observatory and NASA.
11 August 2014, 05:03 PM ET
The Perseid meteor shower will reach its peak overnight on Tuesday (Aug. 12) and early Wednesday morning.
11 August 2014, 04:20 PM ET
All-Sky (ultra wide-field) cameras, in 6 U.S. locations, captured the incandescent death of multiple meteors from the annual shower (peaks August 11-13, 2014). Though post “Supermoon,” the still-bright satellite will reduce meteor strike visibility.
11 August 2014, 12:00 PM ET
Space.com readers sent in their best shots of the August 2014 'supermoon.'
11 August 2014, 10:52 AM ET
Photographers around the world ventured outside Sunday (Aug. 10) to snap photos of the bright, full 'supermoon' rising in the night sky.
11 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Astrophotographer Miguel Claro took this image on July 27 from Monsaraz in the Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve located near Alentejo, Portugal. See how he did it.
10 August 2014, 06:52 AM ET
The largest full moon of 2014 rises today (Aug. 10), and even if you don't have a clear view of the sky, you can still catch the cosmic action live online.
09 August 2014, 08:26 AM ET
NASA and other scientists are touting the August full moon on Sunday (Aug. 10) as the biggest full moon of 2014, but is it really that super? Space.com skywatching columnist Joe Rao takes a close look at the definition.
08 August 2014, 06:31 PM ET
Space.com’s Miriam Kramer talks with NASA’s Noah Petro about the Perigee Moon of 10 August 2014
08 August 2014, 01:18 PM ET
Many skywatchers love August because the ever-reliable Perseid meteor shower peaks mid-month, but unfortunately, this year's usually brilliant meteor display may be spoiled by a bright full moon.
07 August 2014, 03:59 PM ET
Europe's fifth Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) is scheduled to arrive at the orbiting lab on Aug. 12. There will be a number of opportunities to see both the space station and the cargo ship streaking across the night sky.
06 August 2014, 07:28 PM ET
The annual Perseid meteor shower in August is normally a stargazing treat, offering a dazzling display of 'shooting stars.' But this year, the bright moon will interfere. Here's how to see the Perseids.
05 August 2014, 04:00 PM ET
Astrophotographer Terry Hancock took this image of M8 and M20, the Lagoon and Trifid Nebulas, on July 6 from Fremont, Michigan.
04 August 2014, 11:53 AM ET
See stunning photos of the night sky and sun as seen by stargazers around the world in this Space.com photo gallery for August 2014 made up of images sent in by Space.com readers.