'Blood moon' stuns sky watches

2014-04-15 12:38

Parts of the world have seen a rare celestial event when the Earth's shadow fell across the moon, turning it orange.

Astronomers ring in startling asteroid find

2014-03-27 21:19

Astonished astronomers say they have found rings around an asteroid, the smallest object known to have this feature and only the fifth after Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

Newfound pink world lurks at solar system fringes

2014-03-27 08:28

Peering into the far reaches of the solar system, astronomers have spied a pink frozen world 12 billion kilometres from the sun.

First MeerKAT dish to be unveiled soon

2014-03-18 12:30

South Africa is pushing ahead with the country's most ambitious science project as the first MeerKAT instrument is unveiled.

Scientists detect echoes of Big Bang

2014-03-17 18:05

In a major discovery for understanding the origins of the universe, US scientists say they have detected echoes of the Big Bang 14 billion years ago.

Conservatives 'hurt' science progress

2014-03-14 10:29

Conservative political beliefs threaten to undermine the progress made in science, particular in the US where the debate has shifted to the right, a top astronomer has warned.

Nasa plans Jupiter moon mission - and search for life

2014-03-05 08:44

Nasa is plotting a daring robotic mission to Jupiter's watery moon Europa, a place where astronomers speculate there might be some form of life.

Asteroid shaves Earth, more on the way

2014-01-27 09:40

An asteroid has dashed close by the Earth, but experts were watching it to ensure that it stayed on the predicted course.

Rural communities embrace big science - and God

2014-01-22 08:30

Poor and generally conservative communities are accepting of cutting edge science projects that may contradict their beliefs, the science and technology minister has said.

Xmas arrives for space station

2014-01-12 14:16

Christmas has finally arrived for the six space station astronauts.

Earth may be an oddity, astronomers say

2014-01-07 11:32

Astronomers call them super-Earths, and they are abundant outside our solar system. But the more experts learn about them, the weirder our own planet seems in comparison.

Comet Ison offcially pronounced dead

2013-12-11 08:37

Comet Ison, once optimistically called the comet of the century, is dead, the victim of a way-too-close brush with the sun.

Comet dances with sun, gives mixed signals

2013-11-27 09:21

A comet is giving astronomers a "wild ride": One day it looks as though it's about to die, the next day, it looks better.

Hanekom spells out SKA benefits

2013-10-28 14:56

The first phase of the SKA telescope in the Karoo could see an inflow of R18bn, says Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom.

Nasa does U-turn on Chinese astronomer ban

2013-10-21 10:05

Nasa has reversed a decision to ban six Chinese scientists from a space conference after prominent US astronomers vowed to boycott the meeting.

Biggest star is ripping itself apart - astronomers

2013-10-17 11:45

The biggest known star in the cosmos is in its death throes and will eventually explode, astronomers have said.

Nasa gives up on Deep Impact mission

2013-09-21 08:12

Nasa has given up on the Deep Impact spacecraft, which suddenly went silent after nine years of exploration.

Uranus companion found

2013-08-30 08:32

Scientists have discovered a 61km space rock that shares orbit with planet Uranus.

Kepler spacecraft is beyond repair - Nasa

2013-08-16 11:06

Nasa says it cannot fix its hobbled planet-hunting Kepler Space Telescope.

Concern over Comet ISON

2013-07-30 10:31

Astronomers slated to meet this week to discuss observing plans for Comet ISON may not have much to talk about.

US, German space project launches in NZ

2013-07-17 13:04

The world's largest airborne observatory has taken off from the New Zealand city of Christchurch on a mission to explore the southern hemisphere skies.

New technique finds water on other planets

2013-07-05 10:01

European astronomers have devised a technique to detect water in the atmosphere of planets orbiting other stars.

Super full moon shines brightly

2013-06-23 14:21

The biggest and brightest full moon of the year will grace the sky this weekend as our celestial neighbour swings closer to Earth than usual.

Australian team maps moon's hidden craters

2013-06-18 14:18

Australian scientists identified a possible 280 additional craters on the Moon.

Chile telescope discovers ‘comet factory’

2013-06-07 14:00

A “dust trap” surrounding a young star could help explain how planets are formed, astronomers with Chile's ALMA space observatory has said.


Liquid water ocean lurking on Saturn's moon

2014-04-04 09:33

A vast ocean of water could be lurking under the thick ice of one of Saturn's moons, according to scientists.

SA unveils MeerKAT technology, broadband

2014-03-27 13:13

Minister of Science and Technology Derek Hanekom has officially launched the first telescope that will make up the MeerKAT instrument in the Northern Cape province.

'We will find ET'

2014-03-24 10:00

The fact that new technologies are helping astronomers find more extrasolar planets means that it's just a matter of time before extraterrestrial life is found, a top astronomer has said.

South Korea goes bonkers for space rocks

2014-03-18 09:51

A corner of South Korea is in the grip of a frenzied hunt for valuable space souvenirs, following a rare meteor shower there.

Last chance to see meteor shower

2014-03-17 08:30

Despite a bright Moon, there is still an opportunity to view the gamma-Normids meteor shower which peaked recently.

UK makes funding donation for SKA

2014-03-11 14:15

The UK has announced what is expected to be one of the first in a series of funding initiatives for the Square Kilometre Array telescope.

Nasa readies powerful space telescope

2014-02-04 09:31

All the pieces of the most powerful space telescope ever are ready for assembly at Nasa, the US space agency has said.

Water found - in outer space

2014-01-27 08:05

The building blocks for life may be more common in space than previously thought as scientists have discovered water hidden within stardust.

First asteroid of 2014 hits Earth

2014-01-16 08:29

A small asteroid entered Earth's atmosphere over the mid-Atlantic ocean this year, a sky survey team reported.

Ancient galaxies surprises astronomers

2014-01-08 14:14

The Hubble Space Telescope has peered back to a chaotic time 13. 2 billion years ago when never-before-seen galaxies were tiny, bright blue and full of stars bursting to life.

Jupiter moon Europa water jets amaze experts

2013-12-13 07:38

New observations from the Hubble Space Telescope show jets of water vapour blasting off the southern pole of Europa, an ice-covered moon of Jupiter.

No sign of comet after pass around sun

2013-11-29 07:20

A comet's 5.5-million-year journey to the inner solar system apparently ended during a suicidal trip around the sun, leaving no trace of its once-bright tail, scientists have said.

SA to manage IP carefully for SKA project

2013-11-14 07:25

Intellectual Property rights will have to be carefully managed in order to ensure that scientists and engineers working on the SKA (Square Kilometre Array) can collaborate effectively, a government minister has said.

Astronomers discover most distant galaxy yet

2013-10-24 08:30

Astronomers have found the most distant galaxy yet, a discovery that pushes back scientists' view of the universe to about 700 million years after it is thought to have come into existence.

'Christmas Comet' may be cracking up

2013-10-18 08:28

An incoming comet that sky gazers had hoped would provide one of the greatest celestial shows of the century, could be a fizzle.

Planet found floating without star in space

2013-10-10 08:35

Astronomers have found a lonely planet outside the solar system floating alone in space and not orbiting a star.

High-powered visitors to land at SA SKA site

2013-09-10 12:02

The site of the MeerKAT (Karoo Array Telescope) will be visited by a high-powered UK delegation.

Telescope captures starbirth

2013-08-21 08:03

A telescope in Chile has captured the dramatic moment of starbirth as the newborn spews and glows.

SA astronomy alliance launched

2013-08-02 12:44

The National Research Foundation's (NRF) three astronomical facilities have formed the South African Astroinformatics Alliance.

Dead stars forged gold

2013-07-17 22:34

Dead stars that crashed long ago forged gold and other heavy metals found on Earth, forming little tiny pieces of the universe.

Astronomer finds new Neptune moon

2013-07-16 07:30

An astronomer studying archived images of Neptune taken by the Hubble Space Telescope has found a 14th moon orbiting the planet.

Neighbour star with 3 planets found

2013-06-26 13:04

A neighbour star has at least six planets in orbit, including three circling at the right distance for water to exist.

Winds on Venus have accelerated

2013-06-19 09:02

Already travelling at super-hurricane speeds, winds on Venus have accelerated by an astonishing one-third over the past six years.

Asteroid shaves Earth

2013-06-08 22:03

An asteroid the size of a small truck zoomed past Earth four times closer than the moon, the latest in a parade of visiting celestial objects.

Company seeks cash for space telescope

2013-05-30 13:00

A US company that wants to send robots into space to mine precious metals from asteroids plans to launch an extra space telescope to be used by the general public.

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