Skywatching Archive
26 March 2015, 02:00 PM ET
A small cloud of rocket fuel glowed faintly in the night sky above the Atlantic Ocean on the night of March 12, following a launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Skywatcher Scott Gauer photographed the glowing cloud from Danville, Penn.
26 March 2015, 01:50 PM ET
The next major stargazing webcast will be on April 4, 2015 during the first of two total lunar eclipses. Viewing information will be posted here once it becomes available.
25 March 2015, 06:08 PM ET
Beginning skywatchers often think that the best time to look at the moon is when it is full, but experienced observers know that the moon is at its best for observing when it is around its first-quarter phase.
25 March 2015, 01:00 PM ET
Total solar eclipses are one of nature’s grandest events. What is a total solar eclipse? How do they work? And when is the next one? We explain.
23 March 2015, 01:07 PM ET
Chad Blakley (lightsoverlapland.com) captured unusual arcing auroras forming a corona over Abisko National Park on Mar. 14th, 2015.
22 March 2015, 04:08 PM ET
An eclipse passed through the sky in part of the world, a major solar storm rained down on St. Patrick's Day, and "Christmas lights" were seen on Mars. Here are Space.com's picks for the best space stories of the week.
22 March 2015, 08:14 AM ET
As darkness falls tonight (March 22), be sure to take a look low toward the western part of the sky for yet another beautiful celestial tableau formed by a lovely crescent moon and the brilliant planet Venus.
21 March 2015, 04:00 PM ET
From St. Patrick's day in space to a spectacular solar eclipse, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for March 21, 2015.
20 March 2015, 08:39 PM ET
A total eclipse of the sun on Friday thrilled skywatchers across Europe, Africa and Asia where it was visible, but nowhere was the view as perfect as in the air aboard a chartered jet soaring over the top of the world.
20 March 2015, 12:13 PM ET
On Feb. 20, 2015, the planets Venus and Mars joined Earth's moon to create a dazzling sight in the night sky. See photos of the triple conjunction by Space.com readers in our gallery here.
20 March 2015, 11:30 AM ET
Astronauts on the International Space Station caught sight of an amazing solar eclipse today (March 20), and they have the photos to prove it.
20 March 2015, 07:31 AM ET
A rare total solar eclipse dimmed the skies above a small swath of the world today (March 20), creating an incredible sight for skywatchers lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time to see it.
20 March 2015, 06:50 AM ET
Look southward just after the sky gets dark at this time of year, and you will be sure to see Sirius shining brightly. This is the brightest star in the sky, and marks the eye of the constellation called Canis Major, Latin for "the Large Dog."
20 March 2015, 05:23 AM ET
On March 20, 2015, the moon blocked the sun as seen from Earth in a total solar eclipse. See photos from the only total solar eclipse of 2015 in this Space.com gallery.
19 March 2015, 05:15 PM ET
A fleet of European satellites will chase the only total solar eclipse of 2015 from space on Friday (March 20) in a bid to capture truly out-of-this-world views of the celestial event.
19 March 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Even though most people around the world won't be able to see Friday's total solar eclipse in person, anyone with an Internet connection can watch it live online thanks to two webcasts featuring the cosmic event.
18 March 2015, 05:08 PM ET
A total solar eclipse will be visible in parts of Europe, Asia and Africa on Friday (March 20), but eclipses can be dangerous, too, and no one should ever look directly at the sun — even during an eclipse.
18 March 2015, 11:37 AM ET
Green auroras danced in skies around the world last night thanks to a massive solar storm that super-charged the cosmic light displays for St. Patrick's Day.
18 March 2015, 11:00 AM ET
Space.com readers sent in their photos of the amazing auroras in 2015, including views captured during an intense geomagnetic storm on March 17-18, 2015.
17 March 2015, 05:19 PM ET
Auroras around the world could be super-charged tonight thanks to a severe solar storm impacting Earth, but even if bad weather hinders your view of the northern lights, you can still catch them live in a webcast online.
17 March 2015, 12:45 PM ET
A massive solar storm is bombarding Earth today (March 17), sparking stronger than normal auroras for St. Patrick's Day. The solar storm poses no threat to satellites, but may affect GPS and radio signals.
17 March 2015, 11:29 AM ET
The year 2015 is packed full of amazing astronomical sights in the daytime and nighttime sky, from solar and lunar eclipses to dazzlingly bright planets. See our list of the 9 best stargazing events of the year.
16 March 2015, 04:00 PM ET
Zodiacal lights shine across the horizon in this stargarzer image. Photographer Jeffrey Berkes took the image over the Florida Keys in 2012.
16 March 2015, 01:42 PM ET
The Zodiac (arc of the planets, Sun and Moon) hosts the cosmic crab of Cancer and Earth's most famous twin brothers throughout March 2015. Jupiter rules the southeastern sky. Saturn rises after midnight.
16 March 2015, 07:00 AM ET
On Friday (March 20), the moon will completely cover the disk of the sun, creating a solar eclipse that only a small part of the world can see.
14 March 2015, 12:32 PM ET
From a monster solar flare to a spectacular night launch, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for March 15, 2015.
12 March 2015, 04:19 PM ET
The path of totality of the March 20 solar eclipse makes landfall in just two remote groups of islands in the North Atlantic — Svalbard and the Faroe Islands. But much of the world will be treated to a partial eclipse.
12 March 2015, 03:01 PM ET
The launch of NASA's Magnetospheric Multi-Scale mission atop an Atlas V rocket tonight (March 12) may generate a glowing cloud visible from large stretches of North America.
12 March 2015, 11:00 AM ET
Astrophotographer Jason Matias captured this gorgeous night view of the moon setting between sea stacks.
12 March 2015, 08:19 AM ET
Astrophotographer Navaneeth Unnikrishnan captured the Trifid Nebula from Karnataka, India.
11 March 2015, 02:11 PM ET
Look for dazzling, silver-white Jupiter more than halfway up in the East-Southeast as the blue sky darkens in the evening.
10 March 2015, 11:35 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 March 2015 made up of images sent in by Space.com readers.
08 March 2015, 12:48 PM ET
A powerful camera spotted a comet and scientists captured images of a supernova four different times. Here are Space.com's pics for the top space stories of the week.
07 March 2015, 02:34 PM ET
From an amazing photo of Comet Lovejoy captured by a dark energy camera to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for March 7, 2015.
06 March 2015, 07:30 AM ET
"We are about to…bloon" is part of a campaign request for dollars to help record the first-ever spherical video of an eclipse from the stratosphere.
05 March 2015, 06:14 PM ET
An observatory will celebrate the planned arrival of a NASA spacecraft at Ceres by streaming live images of the dwarf planet live online Friday (March 6).