Multimillion-rand SA telescope to give astronomers new view of the night sky

2018-05-25 06:07

A new multimillion-rand telescope in the Karoo will offer astronomers an unprecedented view of the stars.

A stunning new video shows what it's like to fly past a comet tumbling through space

2018-04-24 17:05

A new timelapse movie of photos taken by the Rosetta spacecraft show Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko tumbling through space amid a flurry of dust and stars.

SA's MeerKAT astronomers score massive win in discovering super magnetic star secrets

2018-04-06 05:41

South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope has scored an impressive observational victory with the publication of its magnetar study in The Astrophysical Journal.

Discovery of neutron star collision is 'breakthrough' of 2017

2017-12-23 11:40

The world's first-ever detection of two faraway neutron stars colliding, causing a massive blast that rippled through the fabric of space and time, was judged the scientific breakthrough of 2017, the journal Science says.

Growing risk of asteroid hitting Earth: scientists

2017-06-06 22:30

Czech astronomers say the risk is growing that Earth will be hit by an asteroid from a meteor stream known as the Taurids.

Large asteroid to hurtle past Earth

2017-04-14 18:20

An asteroid roughly 650m across and with a surface twice as reflective as that of the Moon, will streak past Earth on April 19 at a safe but uncomfortably close distance, astronomers say.

Hearing in US end for giant telescope in Hawaii

2017-03-04 17:00

Long-running hearings for whether a giant telescope can be built atop a Hawaii mountain have wrapped up and project leaders hope to get the green light soon.

'Ring of fire' eclipse treat for southern skygazers

2017-02-25 21:00

A spectacular "ring of fire" solar eclipse will regale skygazers in South America and southern Africa, astronomers say.

Is a deep space radio signal proof of aliens?

2016-08-31 16:06

A radio signal has been detected from a star system situated 94 light years away from Earth, which could be a sign of beings existing on another planet.

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.

 

The best map of our galaxy ever shows where we are amid 1.7bn stars

2018-04-26 18:07

The European Space Agency's Gaia spacecraft just released the latest data from its mission.

Scientists are solving the alien origins of Europium, a strange metal found in TVs, plastics, and lasers

2018-04-06 15:55

Europium, one of the least-common elements in the universe, is found in TVs, lasers, and banknotes. Most of it was probably created by colliding neutron stars.

The black box set to revolutionise the search for life beyond Earth

2018-02-12 09:20

In the world's driest desert, an unassuming black box called "Espresso" is about to begin a very big mission: Scouring the universe for planets like ours to find signs of life beyond Earth.

Meteors splashing into warm ponds sparked life on Earth - study

2017-10-03 09:39

How did life on Earth begin? A study has backed the theory that meteorites splashing into warm ponds leached essential elements that gave rise to the building blocks of life billions of years ago.

Astronomy day with your kids, Caravan trips in SA... Top 7 stories you shouldn't miss

2017-04-29 11:06

From SA's most expensive bakkies to celebrating Astronomy Day with your kids, check out these 7 awesome stories you shouldn't miss.

Nasa's Cassini probe of Saturn prepares for last plunge

2017-04-05 22:02

Nasa's unmanned Cassini spacecraft is preparing for its final plunge into Saturn after two decades of helping scientists make new discoveries.

Stargazers applaud as moon eclipses sun

2017-02-26 18:21

Stargazers have applauded as they were plunged into darkness when the moon passed in front of the sun in a spectacular "ring of fire" eclipse.

Big cash boost for Karoo astronomy

2016-09-14 15:39

Radio astronomy in Karoo is set for a boost with a substantial capital injection.

'Dwarf planet' discovered in distant Solar System

2016-07-12 19:11

A rare 'dwarf planet' 18 times smaller than Earth has been discovered in the distant Solar System on an eccentric orbit far beyond Neptune.

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.

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