ARTICLES RELATING TO ASTRONOMY

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.

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.

 

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.

'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.

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