Skywatching Archive
01 August 2015, 10:00 AM ET
The second full moon of July brought a stunning Blue Moon to skywatchers around the world on July 31, wowing them with a spectacular lunar sight. See their photos and reactions here.
01 August 2015, 07:14 AM ET
The second full moon of July 2015, a so-called Blue Moon, wowed stargazers around the world on July 31, 2015. See their amazing photos in our gallery here.
31 July 2015, 06:55 PM ET
From an amazing view of Africa from space to a tint galaxy bursting with stars, don't miss these stunning space images.
31 July 2015, 03:01 PM ET
See what's up in the night sky for August 2015, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this Space.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
31 July 2015, 03:00 PM ET
Find out what's up in your night sky during August 2015 and how to see it in this Space.com stargazing guide.
31 July 2015, 12:30 PM ET
In a coincidence of cosmic proportions, the second full moon of July rises tonight, making it a so-called "Blue Moon" — and Blue Moon Brewing Co. will celebrate its 20th anniversary by painting the town red.
31 July 2015, 09:34 AM ET
Planet HD 219134b was detected using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. It resides 21 light-years away in the Cassiopeia constellation and its star is visible from Earth. The planet orbits too close to its star to support life.
31 July 2015, 06:00 AM ET
There's a "Blue Moon" in the sky today, but it won't look different than other full moons. The term blue moon has come to refer to the second full moon in a given month.
29 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Photographers in La Palma, Spain, captured this sliver of moon over a cloud landscape that evokes Cloud City on the planet Bespin, a floating metropolis from "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back."
27 July 2015, 05:49 PM ET
With all the news about Pluto this month, most skywatchers may not be aware that Ceres, the brightest and nearest of the dwarf planets, reached its opposition to the sun on Saturday (July 25).
27 July 2015, 04:01 PM ET
The definition of "Blue Moon" has evolved slowly to the modern "2nd full moon in a month" formulation. But what sky-watchers usually see is the same old grayish-white – unless a volcanic eruption filters the Sun’s reflected light. Science@NASA explai
27 July 2015, 12:02 PM ET
The Perseid meteor shower will peak on Aug. 12th and 13th with raining debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle. Venus and Mars make an appearance in the morning sky, and Saturn is an evening planet. Also, Cygnus (the Swan) and Lyra (the small harp)...
23 July 2015, 08:00 AM ET
There's nothing worse than missing a fantastic night-sky viewing event because of bad weather. Here are some websites that can help you figure out when your local skies will be prime for skywatching.
23 July 2015, 08:00 AM ET
Each summer, amateurs all over the world look forward to observing August's famous Perseid meteors, but they often overlook no fewer than six showers that begin in July, with three reaching their maximum this month.
21 July 2015, 08:00 AM ET
Searching for life on exoplanets can be a challenge if the planet is covered in clouds — but a new technique could identify cloudy planets before astronomers spend precious telescope time studying them.
19 July 2015, 03:19 AM ET
Gorgeous views of Pluto and its ice mountains, its largest moon Charon to the release of Plutos USPS stamp, don't miss these amazing space images.
16 July 2015, 05:41 PM ET
Venus and the moon are currently shining as crescents in the night sky, and you can see the view with binoculars, if you have good weather and the right gear. Here's how.
15 July 2015, 10:11 AM ET
The online Slooh community observatory will webcast live views of Pluto today, July 15, at 5:30 p.m. ET, to celebrate the successful Pluto flyby by NASA's New Horizons. Here's how to watch it.
12 July 2015, 02:47 AM ET
NASA's New Horizons probe captured amazing images of Pluto, scientists revealed details about a proposed superpowerful space telescope and NASA announced its first four commercial-crew astronauts. Here are Space.com's top stories of the week.
11 July 2015, 01:16 AM ET
From gorgeous views of Pluto and its largest moon Charon to an amazing shot of the International Space Station crossing the moon's face, don't miss these amazing space images.
10 July 2015, 04:40 AM ET
Venus is putting on a show for skywatchers throughout July. Tonight (July 10), Earth's "sister planet" will be at its most luminous, blazing brightly in the western sky.
10 July 2015, 04:01 AM ET
A pre-dawn celestial pageant well worth getting up early to see will take place Sunday morning (July 12), with a lovely crescent moon in close proximity to one of the most beautiful star clusters.
09 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
As the International Space Station (ISS) zoomed over Australia on June 30, Dylan O'Donnell captured this amazing view of the orbiting lab crossing in front of the moon.
08 July 2015, 07:01 AM ET
In anticipation of the New Horizons flyby of Pluto on July 14, this sky chart can help you find Pluto in the night sky (with the assistance of a high power telescope).
06 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
A Japanese startup is developing a system to deliver artificial meteor showers that would be available for purchase by scientists and skywatchers.
05 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
A set of sublime images from reader Saheed Jafari show Venus and Jupiter providing cosmic decorations during the month of Ramadan.
04 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
A skywatcher's guide to the most formidable of thhe constellations, Scorpius (the Scorpion), which now lies low over the southern horizon as darkness falls.
02 July 2015, 04:45 PM ET
The constellation Scorpius has a 'reddish star at at its 'heart' and guards a treasure-trove of nigh sky targets. Venus and Jupiter hang low in the western sky and the annual Delta Aquarid meteor shower peaks at the end of the month.
02 July 2015, 04:12 PM ET
The constellation Sagittarius looks like a teapot and will be spew Milky Way 'steam' (aka center of our galaxy) this month. The area is frothy with nebulae, star clusters and, if you have a really good telescope, Pluto.
02 July 2015, 09:50 AM ET
Looking at the night sky can be an inspiring moment for kids, and the right telescope can drive an interest in astronomy for a lifetime.
02 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
After "sleeping" for 26 years, a black hole's activity lit up astronomical observatories on June 15,and it's still going on today.
01 July 2015, 03:00 PM ET
In anticipation of the New Horizons flyby of Pluto on July 14, this sky chart can help you find Pluto in the night sky (with the assistance of a high-power telescope).
01 July 2015, 07:01 AM ET
July offers opportunities to see Venus, Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury overhead. Here's how, and when, to spot them.
01 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
If you've been watching the western sky just after sunset lately, you will have noticed two bright objects, gradually drawing closer. These are the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, and they're putting on a show this month.
01 July 2015, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in June 2015.
30 June 2015, 03:44 PM ET
See what's up in the night sky for July 2015, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this Space.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.