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.

Earth 2.0: Nasa finds planet that matches our own

2015-07-24 10:10

Astronomers hunting for another Earth have found the closest match yet, a potentially rocky planet circling its star at the same distance as the Earth orbits the Sun, Nasa has said.

Feud on Earth but peace in space for US, Russia

2015-03-26 10:22

Hundreds of kilometres below on Earth, their governments are locked in a standoff over Ukraine - but up in space, Russian cosmonauts and American astronauts are still working together side by side.

Astronomers surprised by giant black hole

2015-02-26 18:30

A black hole 12 billion times as massive as the sun has been found in a glowing quasar that existed when the universe was just a fraction of its current age, scientists have said.


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.

Hawking launches massive search for aliens

2015-07-20 16:48

British cosmologist Steven Hawking has launched the biggest-ever search for alien life called Breakthrough Listen.

SKA to transform SA economy - Ramaphosa

2015-03-02 18:20

The Square Kilometre Array project will lead to new innovations in manufacturing and construction and transform the SA economy, according to deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.

Close call star visitor revealed by astronomers

2015-02-18 13:01

By the standards of outer space, it was the closest call yet recorded: A star that zoomed past our solar system 70 000 years ago.

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