Hearing in US end for giant telescope in Hawaii

2017-03-04 17:00

Long-running hearings for whether a giant telescope can be built atop a Hawaii mountain have wrapped up and project leaders hope to get the green light soon.

'Ring of fire' eclipse treat for southern skygazers

2017-02-25 21:00

A spectacular "ring of fire" solar eclipse will regale skygazers in South America and southern Africa, astronomers say.

Is a deep space radio signal proof of aliens?

2016-08-31 16:06

A radio signal has been detected from a star system situated 94 light years away from Earth, which could be a sign of beings existing on another planet.

Was it a bird? Was it a plane? Was it... a meteorite?

2016-05-20 15:10

People across Cape Town have taken to social media after apparently seeing a meteorite shooting through the skies.

Nasa has given a unique insight into the sun’s patterns and rotation with an online video.

Nasa has given a unique insight into the sun’s patterns and rotation with an online video.

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South African wins global science prize

2016-02-08 13:37

A South African will join the likes of Sir David Attenborough in receiving the Edinburgh Medal to honour global scientists.

Karoo telescope helps spot biggest explosion in human history

2016-01-15 10:49

About 3.8 billion light years away, a star has exploded with a brightness of 570 billion times that of our own sun.

Astronaut to carry text of Paris climate deal into space

2015-11-13 13:32

French astronaut Thomas Pesquet will carry the text of any climate change deal clinched in Paris in December into space with him next year, a French junior minister for research says.

Mysterious star stirs controversy

2015-10-20 21:48

A mysterious star located about 1 500 light-years from the Earth has stirred controversy due to unusual fluctuations of light.

It's showtime for Perseid meteors

2015-08-12 18:39

Dark skies due to a nearly invisible moon will make this year's Perseid meteor shower an especially star-studded event.


Stargazers applaud as moon eclipses sun

2017-02-26 18:21

Stargazers have applauded as they were plunged into darkness when the moon passed in front of the sun in a spectacular "ring of fire" eclipse.

Big cash boost for Karoo astronomy

2016-09-14 15:39

Radio astronomy in Karoo is set for a boost with a substantial capital injection.

'Dwarf planet' discovered in distant Solar System

2016-07-12 19:11

A rare 'dwarf planet' 18 times smaller than Earth has been discovered in the distant Solar System on an eccentric orbit far beyond Neptune.

Scientists discover 'potentially habitable' planets

2016-05-03 05:16

An international team of scientists say they have discovered a trio of Earth-like planets that are the best bet so far for finding life outside our solar system.

Space-time ripple makes magic

2016-02-11 17:53

In a landmark discovery for physics and astronomy, international scientists say they have glimpsed gravitational waves, or ripples in space and time, which Albert Einstein predicted a century ago.

See five planets align in the sky without a telescope, in rare celestial show

2016-01-20 13:29

For the first time in 11 years, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, will all be visible at once with the naked eye.

Exploding star found by SALT

2016-01-15 07:03

The brightest exploding star ever detected which has bewildered scientists with its incredible power, has been confirmed at Sutherland's SALT.

Mysterious 'meteor' in Eastern Cape may have disintegrated

2015-11-10 14:00

An emergency services team has given up searching for what is thought to have been a meteorite that struck near Patensie in the Eastern Cape at the weekend.

Astronomers uncover evidence of galaxy metamorphosis

2015-08-28 12:02

From round disks to oval clusters; many galaxies in the Universe have undergone a dramatic transformation over the past eight billion years or so, researchers report.

Astronomers find star with 3 super-Earths

2015-07-31 16:11

Astronomers say they have found a planetary system with three super-Earths orbiting a bright, dwarf star – one of them likely a volcanic world of molten rock.

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