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.

WATCH: 'Blood moon' delights (most of) the world

2018-07-30 10:49

The century's longest lunar eclipse, delighted many, if not all, skygazers.

WATCH: Underground lake found on Mars

2018-07-26 10:42

Scientists say they've spotted what appears to be a sizable salt-laden lake under ice on the southern polar plain of Mars, raising the possibility of life on the Red Planet.

Shooting stars on demand: Japan start-up plans 2020 meteor shower

2018-07-23 08:27

A Japanese start-up developing "shooting stars on demand" says it will be ready to deliver the world's first artificial meteor shower in a spectacular show over Hiroshima in early 2020.

Scientists just found a dozen new moons around Jupiter — including one they're calling an 'oddball'

2018-07-18 10:53

Our solar system's giant planet has been hiding something — or 12 things, really.

SA celebrates MeerKAT launch with dramatic Milky Way black hole image

2018-07-13 09:02

South Africa has officially unveiled its MeerKAT radio telescope and it has produced the clearest image yet of the super massive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way galaxy.

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.


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.

Red planet and 'blood moon' pair up to dazzle skygazers

2018-07-27 13:57

The longest "blood moon" eclipse this century will coincide with Mars' closest approach in 15 years to offer skygazers a thrilling astronomical double bill.

Update: this is the cloud prediction for tonight's ‘blood moon’ lunar eclipse, plus the best places to watch it from

2018-07-25 10:59

The Moon will be fully eclipsed for about 2 hours starting at 7:15PM, with totality around 9:30PM. This is where you can go for telescopes, talks, and full-blown tours of the event.

These are the best places in SA to watch the ‘blood moon’ lunar eclipse, if the weather holds

2018-07-19 18:28

The Moon will be fully eclipsed for about 2 hours starting at 7:15PM on Friday 27 July, with totality around 9:30PM. This is where you can go for telescopes, talks, and full-blown tours of the event.

An astounding image of the massive black hole at the centre of our galaxy, courtesy of Africa's new super telescope

2018-07-13 10:24

The composite captures the Milky Way, 25,000 light-years away from Earth.

All stars in the universe may form in pairs — but we can't find the sun's missing 'Nemesis'

2018-06-20 10:22

After searching millions of objects in our solar system, NASA's attempts to find or prove the existence of the sun's twin have failed.

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.

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