Skywatching Archive
29 May 2015, 07:48 PM ET
Hercules, Boötes (Herdsman), and Draco (Dragon) constellations are highlights for sky gazers in June. Also, Venus and Jupiter are bright in the evening sky and Jupiter rings are viewable with binoculars in the southern sky.
29 May 2015, 02:58 PM ET
Astrophotographer Giuseppe Petricca took this image of the ISS, the Moon, Venus, Mars, Mercury and the Leaning Tower of Pisa from Pisa, Tuscany, Italy.
29 May 2015, 12:00 PM ET
Find out what's up in your night sky during June 2015 and how to see it in this Space.com stargazing guide.
29 May 2015, 11:00 AM ET
See what's up in the night sky for June 2015, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this Space.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
28 May 2015, 05:25 PM ET
Amateur astronomers are interested in seeing Pluto with their own telescopes, and this is what we will discuss here. Pluto is at present around 14th magnitude, requiring a telescope with at least 8 inches (200mm) aperture.
28 May 2015, 11:10 AM ET
See amazing amateur astronomy photos and night sky views sent in to SPACE.com by readers in May 2014 in our month-long running gallery.
28 May 2015, 07:16 AM ET
Astrophotographer A. Garrett Evans took this image of the Milky Way over Popham Beach State Park in Maine the morning of April 18, 2015 as a 9-shot panorama.
27 May 2015, 03:24 PM ET
This image of the Bubble Nebula was taken by astrophotographer Jaspal Chadha from London.
27 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The free Pluto Safari app, which came out last month, keeps tabs on NASA's New Horizons mission, counting down its July 14 close encounter to the second, and teaches users about the frigid, distant realm the spacecraft is exploring.
23 May 2015, 08:44 AM ET
If your local weather is clear tonight (May 23), check out the western sky around mid-twilight – about an hour after sunset. There, about half way up from the south-southwest horizon to the overhead point, you’ll see an eye-catching sight for the Memorial
21 May 2015, 01:45 PM ET
Bright red veins lace across the sky and feed into enormous crimson clouds that look like living hearts, in these breathtaking views of the Gamma Cygni nebula and surrounding region.
21 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
On Thursday evening (May 21) as darkness falls, the two brightest objects of the night will be calling attention to themselves. The crescent moon will be accompanied by the brightest planet, the dazzling so-called "evening star": the planet Venus.
20 May 2015, 05:40 PM ET
The striking arms of the Whirlpool galaxy can be seen in stunning detail in this astrophotographer image by Jaspal Chadha.
20 May 2015, 10:33 AM ET
Jupiter's rapidly moving moons constantly surprise us with their dance around the giant planet. There will be two spectacular shadow plays this week.
20 May 2015, 09:03 AM ET
The region is "surrounded by diffuse emission and dark nebulae," says astrophotographer Terry Hancock (downunderobservatory.com). It is ~1600 light years from Earth in the Cygnus constellation.
19 May 2015, 05:43 PM ET
The Southern Cross has long been a celestial landmark for explorers and travelers to the lands below the equator. You can see the famous constellation now, but you must go farther south than 25 degrees north latitude.
19 May 2015, 05:13 PM ET
Now is a great time to see Saturn, perhaps the most gorgeous planet in the night sky. The ringed planet is visible pretty much all night long.
18 May 2015, 01:34 PM ET
Three boulders balancing like ballerinas have been spotted on the surface of a comet by the Rosetta spacecraft. Only a small area on the surface of each rock is touching the ground, similar to "balancing rocks" seen on Earth.
17 May 2015, 09:17 AM ET
From the coast of Japan to a dragon selfie, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 17, 2015.
15 May 2015, 07:01 AM ET
The famous Big Dipper star pattern shines in May's night sky, as do the moon and a surprisingly nocturnal Venus.
14 May 2015, 12:47 PM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in SPACE.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in April 2015.
13 May 2015, 04:45 PM ET
Mamtani took the image in Borrego Springs, California during the weekend of April 17, 2015.
13 May 2015, 02:50 PM ET
The sun fired off its most powerful flare of the year Tuesday (May 5). At 4 p.m. EDT today (May 6), a webcast hosted by the Slooh Community Observatory will discuss the eruption and show live views of our star. Watch it live here.
12 May 2015, 01:18 PM ET
The Owens Valley Wavelength Array has captured 24 hours of sky, revealing our Universe in a different light. Radio astronomers ‘see’ the sky; visible light astronomers must dodge the Sun.
11 May 2015, 10:09 AM ET
On April 15th, 2015, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory ‘Curiosity’ captured 4 frames of imagery of the setting sun. The Mars Exploration Rover ‘Opportunity’ snapped sunsets on Nov 4th and 5th, 2010.
08 May 2015, 05:16 PM ET
The planet Mercury is dominating the May night sky for 2015, but it's not the only bright planet for stargazers to observe. Here's how to spot the brightest planets in the May 2015 night sky.
08 May 2015, 05:02 PM ET
Now is the best time to see the planet Mercury in the evening sky just after sunset. Here's how to see Mercury in the night sky. Mercury was at it's farthest from the sun for the year on Thursday (May 7).
08 May 2015, 07:07 AM ET
Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic hope to raise $70,000 via a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to create an astrophotography book and a video time-lapse series showing dark skies in the United States and Canada. The project is called SKYGLOW.
07 May 2015, 06:53 PM ET
Time-lapse artists' Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic aim to educate about the threat of light pollution through their their astrophotography book and time-lapse video series. Find out more about it at www.skyglowproject.com.
05 May 2015, 12:30 PM ET
The Eta Aquarid meteor shower, produced by debris from Halley's Comet, will peak tonight. Find out where you can see the show, as well as a live webcast hosted by the Slooh observatory.
05 May 2015, 11:25 AM ET
The Eta Aquarids are a meteor shower best visible from the Southern Hemisphere.
05 May 2015, 11:00 AM ET
This amazing image of the Northern Lights was a lucky shot for astrophotographer Manish Mamtani. Mamtani took the image from Long Lake Recreation Area in Wisconsin on Match 17, 2015.
04 May 2015, 09:51 AM ET
Astrophotographer John Chumack (galacticimages.com) captured 2 hours and 40 minutes of northern lights images in March 2015, and time-lapsed them into 3 minutes of geomagnetic amazement.
02 May 2015, 02:21 PM ET
From a spacecraft spinning out of control to predicting a cosmic demise, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 3, 2015.
01 May 2015, 02:55 PM ET
See what's up in the night sky for May 2015, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this Space.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
30 April 2015, 09:36 AM ET
Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn can be seen in the evening. With binoculars, the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies and its Sombrero Galaxy (M104).