Total lunar eclipse to produce rare 'Blood Moon'

2019-01-15 20:54

A rare total lunar eclipse, which will produce a rare 'Blood Moon', is expected on Monday next week - and will be partially visible in South Africa.

WATCH: Top World news videos for today

2019-01-08 05:25

Hubble Telescope captures most detailed image ever of nearby galaxy | TSA employees work with no guarantee of pay; here are the top World news videos. WATCH.

WATCH: NASA says faraway world Ultima Thule shaped like 'snowman'

2019-01-03 07:26

Ultima Thule, an icy celestial body that NASA scientists announced is aptly shaped like a giant snowman and orbits over six billion kilometres from the sun.

SA telescope confirms new evidence of white dwarf cannibalising companion star

2018-12-04 11:28

Work by researchers operating the Southern African Large Telescope in the Northern Cape has confirmed that a white dwarf star is cannibalising its companion star.

New discovery shows glass made from exploding stars

2018-11-19 10:59

The next time you're gazing out of the window in search of inspiration, keep in mind the material you're looking through was forged inside the heart of an exploding ancient star.

The best astronomy pictures of the year are gorgeous reminders that we live on a rock that drifts through space

2018-10-29 16:32

Each year the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition awards "the most beautiful and spectacular images of space and the cosmos."

Smart aliens might live within 33,000 light-years of Earth. A new study explains why we haven't found them yet.

2018-10-10 20:33

A new study suggests this may be because we've searched just 0.00000000000000058% of a "cosmic haystack" in our hunt for an alien "needle."

SA wins bid to host major astronomy conference in 2024

2018-08-31 18:50

South Africa has won the bid to host the 2024 General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union(IAU) – the first on African soil in its 105th year of existence.

Multimillion-rand SA telescope to investigate mysterious dark energy

2018-08-17 11:04

A new multimillion-rand radio telescope has been launched in the Northern Cape.


Scientists have discovered a new planet twice the size of Earth, and it could have liquid water on its surface

2019-01-08 18:14

Scientists have discovered a new planet that's 226 light-years away. It is roughly twice the size of Earth, which is rare for an exoplanet.

VIDEO EXPLAINER: The 'dark' side of the moon

2019-01-05 08:15

Despite the name of Pink Floyd's best-selling album, the side of the moon you can't see isn't always dark. But it is far.

WATCH: NASA's Osiris-Rex reaches asteroid deemed Earth threat

2018-12-04 20:43

NASA's deep space explorer Osiris-Rex has flown to within a dozen miles of a skyscraper-sized asteroid believed to hold organic compounds fundamental to life as well as the potential to collide with Earth in about 150 years.

2019 will be an extraordinary year in space — here's what NASA, SpaceX, and China have in store

2018-12-03 20:37

The 2019 calendar is full of launches, missions, flybys, and firsts.

'Super-Earth' discovered orbiting Sun's nearest star

2018-11-16 10:51

A "super-Earth" has been discovered orbiting the closest single star to our Sun, scientists said in a breakthrough that could shine a light on Earth's nearest planetary neighbours.

A 'mind-boggling' telescope observation has revealed the point of no return for our galaxy's monster black hole

2018-11-04 12:04

Telescopes just got the best-ever look at gas circling the edge of a supermassive black hole — a point of no return just before the event horizon.

Giant galaxy supercluster found lurking in early Universe

2018-10-22 13:23

Scientists have discovered a primitive "supercluster" of galaxies forming in the early Universe, just 2.3 billion years after the Big Bang.

A weird, cigar-shaped object flew through the solar system last year. Now astronomers may know where it came from.

2018-09-27 10:35

Scientists believe it's a comet that was kicked out of another star system.

North West University's Mahikeng campus scores its first astronomy observatory

2018-08-31 18:15

North West University's Mahikeng Campus has been become the first historically-disadvantaged institution in South Africa to develop an observatory for astronomy research.

NASA's biggest hunt to date for alien planets is finally underway — and the agency expects to discover 'strange, fantastic worlds'

2018-08-07 13:36

The spacecraft will use its unique vantage in space and four cameras to stitch together a huge map of about 200,000 stars.

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