05 October 2012, 11:15 AM ET
The 15 countries that make up the ESO help the astronomical organization's mission of scientific inquiry and public outreach in different ways. For example, the VLT uses a German-crafted mirror, polished in France, and assembled in Chile by Italy.
01 October 2012, 05:46 PM ET
Venus and the bright star Regulus are brilliant beacons in the pre-dawn sky.
01 October 2012, 03:55 PM ET
Part of Venus' atmosphere may be cold enough to form carbon dioxide snow.
01 October 2012, 02:00 PM ET
The closest spiral galaxy to our own; a brilliant 'morning star' in the eastern sky; and bits of Comet Halley's tail highlight an eventful month for star gazers.
28 September 2012, 10:16 AM ET
In this superimposed view: Upper Venus = Canberra, Australia and Lower Venus = Svalbard ( Arctic) the planet appears on two different paths. June 5, 2012 was the last time Venus will cross the face of the Sun (as seen from Earth) in our lifetimes.
19 September 2012, 05:38 PM ET
The Pleiades star cluster stands highest in the sky appearing as a close group of bright blue dots.
04 September 2012, 04:26 PM ET
Researchers may be able to use this information to learn more about comets' paths around the sun.
04 September 2012, 11:50 AM ET
This September skywatchers can catch a glimpse of four planets (Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn) as well as a visual trick in the constellation Capricornus that makes two stars look like one oddly enlongated star.
29 August 2012, 07:01 AM ET
A number of night sky superlatives are overhead now.
28 August 2012, 09:30 AM ET
The brightest planet and the largest star are just the start of the night's sky's extreme objects.
23 August 2012, 11:28 AM ET
This early morning shot of the iconic salt march captures the crescent moon with Jupiter and Venus.
10 August 2012, 08:54 AM ET
The annual meteor shower reaches its high point on August 11-13, 2012. Jupiter, Venus, the crescent moon and red giant star Aldebaron add to the skywatching spectacle.
09 August 2012, 10:19 PM ET
See sky maps to help spot the skywatching events of August 2012.
09 August 2012, 05:30 PM ET
Serene morning image features the crescent moon, Taurus, Jupiter and Venus.
06 August 2012, 08:00 AM ET
Mariner 1 launched for orbiting Venus.
18 July 2012, 06:13 AM ET
Hungarian astrophotographer Tamas Ladanyi captures stunning image of the Venus transit across a melting sun.
16 July 2012, 12:17 PM ET
See spectacular stargazer photos of Jupiter, Venus and the moon shining together in the night sky during July 2012.
14 July 2012, 07:00 AM ET
The trio will be visible in the early morning sky on July 15.
12 July 2012, 05:47 PM ET
Night sky photographer Ajay Talwar shoots bright planets in beautiful conjunction over historic Lodi Gardens in India.
12 July 2012, 10:40 AM ET
See our favorite images of July 2012 skywatching events submitted by SPACE.com readers.
09 July 2012, 04:33 PM ET
Night sky watchers will have a variety of events to enjoy in July 2012.
06 July 2012, 05:13 PM ET
From July through August, planet groupings in the pre-dawn and dusk skies will impress skywatchers around the world.
03 July 2012, 11:05 PM ET
Being awake at dawn has its benefits in July as Venus and Jupiter converge and set the table for a skywatching show that also stars the crescent Moon with Earthshine, a star cluster and more.
10 June 2012, 09:16 AM ET
From complete coverage of Venus crossing the sun to a New York space shuttle, it's been an unforgettable week in space.
09 June 2012, 07:38 AM ET
Astrophotographer Thierry Legault snapped the spectacular image from Australia.
08 June 2012, 06:36 AM ET
Skywatcher P-M Heden took this spectacular photo from Sweden’s capital Stockholm on March 11.
07 June 2012, 03:09 PM ET
See how astronomers at Mount Wilson Observatory's Solar Tower captured the Venus Transit of 2012.
06 June 2012, 06:45 PM ET
Stunning photos of the historic celestial event from Southern California.
06 June 2012, 05:52 PM ET
Stunning photos of the 2012 Venus transit by astrophotographers Imelda Joson and Edwin Aguirre.
06 June 2012, 05:06 PM ET
In this stunning space wallpaper, Hinode captured this stunning view of the transit of Venus on June 5, 2012,-- the last instance of this rare phenomenon until 2117.
06 June 2012, 11:03 AM ET
On June 5-6 2012, SDO collected images of one of the rarest predictable solar events: the transit of Venus across the face of the sun in this cool space wallpaper.
06 June 2012, 02:38 AM ET
The Venus Transit 2012 has come and gone but the Solar Dynamics Observatory has left us with memories that will last a lifetime.
06 June 2012, 01:13 AM ET
The transit of Venus of 2012 is the last one for 105 years.
05 June 2012, 10:47 PM ET
See photos of the 2012 Venus transit sent in by skywatchers from around the world.
05 June 2012, 08:50 PM ET
The Solar Dynamics Observatory's AIA 304 camera delivered this amazing view of Venus over the active Sun during the first few hours of the Venus Transit.
05 June 2012, 07:11 PM ET
The transit has officially begun and will last for six hours and 40 minutes.