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.

'Stellar nursery' has quadruple pregnancy

2015-02-13 08:07

A team of astronomers have snatched the first glimpse of a quadruple star system in the early stages of formation.

SA experts drive 3D universe map with SKA

2015-01-20 09:47

Astronomers in South Africa are part of a cohort of experts who are trying to build the most ambitious model of the universe using the latest technology.

In a first, astronomers map comets around another star

2014-10-23 09:17

Astronomers using an ultra-sensitive telescope in the Chilean desert say they have mapped hundreds of comets orbiting a star 63 light years from Earth.

Earth in the sun's crosshairs, could knock out high tech

2014-09-12 08:36

The sun has taken aim at Earth and delivered what could be a knock-out blow to modern technology.

Green light for Milky Way telescope after problems

2014-07-30 14:44

A billion-dollar telescope designed to provide the most detailed map yet of the Milky Way is ready to start work after teething problems.

SA needs PhDs urgently, says Pandor

2014-07-22 13:20

South Africa is producing too few doctoral graduates, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor says.

Comet 'sweats' two glasses of water per second

2014-07-02 10:40

Unprecedented measurement of a deep-space comet has found the icy body to be losing about two small glasses of water every second.

Big Bang team: We may be wrong

2014-06-23 07:50

American astrophysicists who announced just months ago what they deemed a breakthrough in confirming how the universe was born now admit they may have got it wrong.


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.

Canada shuttering key big-lens observatory

2015-02-12 13:40

Canada is shuttering a critical teaching observatory in eastern North America where the first dark skies reserve was created.

Maybe two more planets in our Solar System

2015-01-19 19:05

The Solar System has at least two more planets waiting to be discovered beyond the orbit of Pluto some astronomers claim.

Saturn moon may have 'life-friendly' ocean

2014-10-17 12:02

Saturn's battered moon Mimas may have a thin global ocean, raising the prospect of another "life-friendly" habitat in the solar system, scientists have said.

Space craft grabs possible interstellar space dust

2014-08-15 09:31

A Nasa spacecraft dispatched 15 years ago to collect samples from a comet has also snared what scientists suspect are the first dust specks from interstellar space.

Remote outcrops of faraway galaxy lopsided

2014-07-22 20:21

Astronomers have examined the remotest parts yet of an elliptical galaxy, Centaurus A, and discovered it's more lopsided and richer in heavy elements than expected.

Comet-chasing probe closes in on target

2014-07-03 14:44

A comet-chasing spacecraft on a mission to land on a fizzing ball of ice and dust later this year has begun a crucial slow-down manoeuvre to avoid flying past its target.

SA discovers triple black hole system

2014-06-26 07:20

A team of South African astronomers have discovered a triple super-massive black hole system, the Square Kilometre Array SA has said.

I am a planet, insists Pluto

2014-05-28 10:15

Pluto is making its case to be re-admitted to the family of planets that orbit the solar system.

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