23 December 2013, 07:17 AM ET
As 2013 draws to a close, it's time to look forward to the stargazing highlights of the coming year. Here are 11 of the most noteworthy sky events that will take place in 2014. SPACE.com will provide more coverage of these events as they draw closer.
05 December 2013, 04:33 PM ET
Venus is shining at its brightest in the low southwestern night sky just after sunset, making it a fine time for stargazers to observe the brilliant planet, weather permitting. Here is how to see Venus with the unaided eye, telescopes or binoculars.
04 December 2013, 05:31 PM ET
Venus is now the showiest it will be for all of 2013 and 2014 in either the evening or the morning sky. The planet is so bright that you can spot it in a clear blue sky before sunset, if your eye lands on the right point in the south-southwest.
04 December 2013, 01:01 PM ET
Scientists think the moon coalesced out of material blasted into space when a large object slammed into the proto-Earth in the solar system's early days. Determining the composition of Venus could help explain how this mega-collision went down.
04 December 2013, 12:12 PM ET
Venus shines its brightest at 4.9 magnitude this month, the Geminid Meteor Shower peaks in mid December and more!. In the market for a telescope? - Click the blue 'SHOP' link above.
03 December 2013, 12:57 PM ET
Want to know where to find Venus and Jupiter in the morning or the double star in Cassiopeia. Check out the Hubblesite's latest guide to the best places to look in the night sky. Telescopes are just one click away - Click the blue 'SHOP' link above.
21 November 2013, 02:01 PM ET
Scientists have found a huge but diffuse ring of dust near the orbit of Venus, marking the second time such a structure has been discovered in our solar system. The dust ring stretches about 137 million miles from end to end.
12 November 2013, 04:27 PM ET
A NASA probe has revealed an unprecedented view of Saturn from space, showing the entire gas giant backlit by the sun with several of its moons and all but one of its rings, as Earth, Venus and Mars all appear as pinpricks light in the background.
06 November 2013, 05:49 PM ET
The brilliant planet Venus is now a beautiful evening "star" in the late-fall twilight, shining brightly in the southwest through the purple dusk. But did you know Venus has phases like the moon that are visible in telescopes?
06 November 2013, 05:14 PM ET
The moon will pass just north of the planet Venus tonight (Nov. 6), making a pretty pairing in the southwestern sky, weather permitting.
01 November 2013, 05:06 PM ET
You can expect to see Venus, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Saturn this November with only an average telescope.
31 October 2013, 12:21 PM ET
This week marks two celestial events characterized by cosmic objects that are either far apart or very close.
04 October 2013, 03:49 PM ET
The moon will meet up with three different planets in the evening sky during two separate celestial encounters, one on Sunday and the other on Tuesday. The first will involve Saturn and Mercury, while Venus is the moon's partner for the second.
27 September 2013, 11:57 AM ET
Is the moon a present from Venus, which once had a moon and then lost it? A wild new theory puts the scenario out there.
20 September 2013, 06:00 AM ET
Photographer Dustin Prickett captured this cosmic wedding photo with the moon and Venus overhead on Sept. 8, much to the delight of the unsuspecting bride and groom. See how he did it here.
10 September 2013, 10:40 AM ET
The University College of London, the only UK host of a NASA Regional Planetary Image Facility, has recently released a stunning selection of the historic space pictures—many of them never published online before, others only ever in low resolution.
09 September 2013, 02:35 PM ET
A spectacular conjunction of the moon and Venus wowed skywatchers around the world on Sept. 8 in what astronomers call a conjunction. The event marked the closest
09 September 2013, 11:07 AM ET
See spectacular photos of Venus near the moon on Sept. 8, 2013 from stargazers around the world. The celestial pairing wowed amateur astronomers and skywatchers across the U.S., South America and beyond.
09 September 2013, 10:26 AM ET
Photographer Mike Black (mikeblackphotography.com) compiled this time-lapse of the crescent Moon and the Morning Star together on September 8th in Belmar, NJ.
08 September 2013, 09:23 AM ET
About 45 minutes after sunset on Sunday (Sept. 8), look toward the west-southwest horizon to see Venus hovering rather close to a waxing crescent moon — an eye-catching tableau in spite of the pair's low altitude in the night sky.
30 August 2013, 02:28 PM ET
Saturn, Venus, Mars and Jupiter will all be sharing the September nights' sky with the Moon, and toward the end of the month, comet ISON will line up with Mars.
29 August 2013, 05:11 PM ET
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's former director talks about the mission that completed fly-bys of Venus and Mercury in the 1970's.
23 August 2013, 03:08 PM ET
A stargazer snapped this beautiful composite image of the Milky Way and lunar halo over Malaysia.
02 August 2013, 06:30 AM ET
August could be a banner month for skywatchers, weather permitting. The August night sky features the return of the potentially spectacular Comet ISON, as well as the annual Perseid meteor shower, which could be especially dazzling this year.
31 July 2013, 11:48 AM ET
Saturn, Venus, Mars, Mercury and Jupiter will all be visible in the August night skies, as will the annual Perseid meteors. A number of nebulas will also be easy to find among the constellations.
17 July 2013, 02:10 PM ET
July is full of encounters between astronomical objects, and the action continues this weekend with three different planets taking center stage. Venus will dance with the star Regulus Sunday evening, while Mars and Jupiter will be visible in Gemini (The T
10 July 2013, 12:17 PM ET
Venus shines near the moon in the night sky tonight and will slowly close in on the bright star Regulus throughout July. See how to observe the planet Venus in the western night sky and send in photos of the brilliant planets to SPACE.com.
20 June 2013, 01:50 PM ET
Mercury and the solstice make this a can't-miss week in skywatching.
18 June 2013, 03:29 PM ET
The howling winds of Venus have gotten even faster lately, and scientists aren't sure why.
07 June 2013, 03:40 PM ET
Pick out three cosmic wonders in the night sky next week.
05 June 2013, 12:52 PM ET
Use brilliant Venus to point the way.
04 June 2013, 10:57 AM ET
Look for Mercury, Venus and Jupiter in close proximity in early June, a rare meteor shower in mid June, and near earth asteroids throughout the month.
29 May 2013, 01:01 PM ET
Hellish Venus Dried Out Because It's Closer to Sun
26 May 2013, 10:10 AM ET
Jupiter, Mercury and Venus will shine in a cosmic triangle just after sunset tonight (May 26).
24 May 2013, 03:48 PM ET
Three planets are teaming up for a Memorial Day planet parade.
24 May 2013, 07:00 AM ET
A better understanding of exoplanet surfaces would help reveal how common Earth-like planets are in our galaxy.