Skywatchers had high hopes that a comet called ATLAS would light up the night sky this spring, with forecasts suggesting it could become bright enough to see with the unaided eye.
The annual Lyrid meteor shower put on an exceptional show for skywatchers this year, with the new moon setting the stage for gorgeous "shooting stars" to prance across the dark night sky.
The Lyrid meteor shower of 2020 will be at its best overnight, but NASA has already captured some "shooting stars" with cameras across the United States.
You may not be able to see the moon in the sky tonight, but if you look up for long enough at a dark, clear sky, you may catch some "shooting stars."
British skywatchers spotted a trail of lights in their night skies this past weekend as SpaceX's Starlink satellites passed overhead. Some thought they were UFOs.
The 2020 Lyrid meteor shower this week coincides with the new moon, meaning that there will be absolutely no lunar interference with getting a good view of these celestial streakers.
Comet ATLAS, which was predicted to be the first bright naked-eye comet in a decade, turned out to be a flop. Now another newly discovered comet is poised to steal the spotlight.
Celebrate International Dark Sky Week from anywhere, with sessions streaming online starting Sunday (April 19).
In late April, skywatchers in the Northern Hemisphere will get a view of the Lyrid meteor shower, the dusty trail of a comet with a centuries-long orbit around the sun.
Star charts show the arrangement of stars in the sky, in a style that can be scientific, artistic or both, depending on the intended use.
Just a month ago, it looked like Atlas might put on a dazzling sky show around the time of its closest approach to the sun, which occurs on May 31. But it wasn't meant to be.
The predawn hours this week will sparkle as Jupiter, Saturn and Mars dance around the moon on consecutive mornings.
While everyone is staying safe and doing what they can to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, we at Space.com have a list of astronomy activities you can do from your own backyard or balcony.
The European-Japanese BepiColombo mission will whiz past our planet as the spacecraft continues on its long journey toward Mercury.
Tonight (April 7), the moon will be at its brightest and largest for the whole year during the "Super Pink Moon."