PIC | Local astronomer captures rare image of newly discovered comet

2020-05-08 12:21

Local astronomer Heine Wieben Rasmussen has captured a series of spectacular images of Comet SWAN from the remote mountains of the Cederberg in the Western Cape.

Peering at the sun: Solar Orbiter probe launches

2020-02-12 05:50

In less than two years, scientists expect to receive the first-ever images of, and data about, the sun's poles.

A second planet might orbit the closest star to the sun, and astronomers think it's a super-Earth

2020-01-16 06:28

Astronomers think the planet, called Proxima c, is a super-Earth that formed far from the icy region where scientists think such worlds are born.

The Egyptian pyramids may align with an ancient north star. NASA scientists found that star undergoes never-before-seen eclipses.

2020-01-08 17:37

The star that some researchers think served as the north star for the ancient Egyptians is actually a pair of stars that eclipse one other.

Here's why 2020 will likely be a groundbreaking year in space

2019-12-29 11:45

If all goes well next year, SpaceX and Boeing will launch their first astronauts for NASA, and Mars will gain three new rovers.

An experiment that solved a 100-year-old mystery posed by Einstein just got up to 50% more powerful by squeezing light

2019-12-06 11:32

LIGO can now detect gravitational waves almost every week, thanks to a new instrument that squeezes photons in a vacuum.

SpaceX's Starlink satellites are already messing with astronomical research but there are thousands more planned

2019-11-26 13:43

Astronomers warned that SpaceX's Starlink satellites could majorly jeopardise astronomical research.

The universe is expanding faster than scientists thought, a study confirms — a 'crisis in cosmology' that could require a 'new physics'

2019-10-28 14:27

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and new mirror technology confirmed a mystery that could lead to a "new physics," one astrophysicist said.

DISCOVERY | 20 new moons puts Saturn ahead of Jupiter

2019-10-09 11:08

Astronomers discover 20 new moons around Saturn, making it the planet with the most number of moons in the solar system.

Trump tariffs | Mugabe's body taken to Harare villa: WATCH the top world news videos for today

2019-09-12 07:10

Trump delays China tariffs in 'goodwill gesture' | Mugabe's body taken to his Harare villa; here are the top world news videos for today. WATCH.


Astronomers found the closest black hole to Earth — and there could be millions more like it

2020-05-08 07:49

Scientists usually find black holes by detecting X-rays they emit as they devour nearby stars. But this one was quietly hidden 1,000 light-years away.

A rare chemical that helped DNA form may have come to Earth on comets from newborn stars, astronomers find

2020-01-17 09:47

Phosphorus is key in forming DNA, but the element is rare in the universe. Astronomers found molecules forming with the element around newborn stars

Two NWU astronomers part of star-studded team focusing on previously unknown star bursts

2020-01-14 11:09

Two astronomers from North West University are part of a star-studded research team from 15 countries that has observed star bursts – or growth spurts – previously unknown to humankind, providing a rare glimpse into how high-mass stars grow even larger.

An incredible animation by a planetary scientist shows how fast each planet spins by putting them in one giant globe

2019-12-30 17:14

Jupiter's Great Red Spot zips around 2.4 times faster than Earth, while Venus spins so slowly you can't tell it's moving backwards.

PICS | SA's MeerKAT observes first image of Milky Way-like galaxies responsible for star formation

2019-12-18 20:13

South Africa's world class MeerKAT radio telescope has peered deep into space to observe distant Milky Way-like galaxies for the first time.

A stunning animation by a planetary scientist shows how huge our solar system is — and why that makes it so hard to depict

2019-12-02 19:00

The planets are so far apart, and the sun is so big, that you wouldn't be able to see anything in an accurate model of the solar system.

Scientists detected the brightest light in the universe for the first time, following a mysterious explosion in space

2019-11-20 22:10

Astronomers had 50 seconds to turn their telescopes toward a violent explosion in a galaxy 4 billion light-years away.

NASA's Hubble space telescope just took incredible photos of a visiting comet from another star system

2019-10-16 20:29

NASA also released a time-lapse video of the comet, 2I/Borisov, hurtling past the sun. The images show a halo of dust surrounding the alien object.

WATCH | Awesome event as Black hole rips apart doomed star

2019-09-30 08:38

Scientists have captured a view of a colossal black hole violently ripping apart a doomed star. WATCH NOW.

The Moon now has hundreds of artifacts. Should they be protected?

2019-07-11 11:59

Three rovers, six US flags, dozens of probes that either landed successfully or crashed, tools, cameras and trash: The Moon is dotted with hundreds of objects as a result of space exploration.

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