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.

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.


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.

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.

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