astronomy

 
New telescope MeerLicht to observe transients
New telescope MeerLicht to observe transients
It can happen in the blink of an eye: millions of light years away a star collapses in on itself. From Earth, that cataclysmic event is only a...
World reaches for the stars in SA
World reaches for the stars in SA
Dust rises from the tyres of a brimming trailer as a bakkie trundles slowly over dry farm roads in the Northern Cape. Antennae and receivers are...
The life (on other worlds) of Brian
The life (on other worlds) of Brian
In an infinite universe, it is "absolutely clear" that there are other civilisations out there, Professor Brian Cox told the Mail & Guardian....
[Slideshow]Celebrating our shared sky
[Slideshow]Celebrating our shared sky
Indigenous artists from Australia and South Africa have participated in a collaborative exhibition, organised by the SKA, that celebrates our shared night sky.
Astronomers discover old, distant galaxy
Astronomers discover old, distant galaxy
Astronomers have found an old and distant galaxy that is believed to date back to a time when the universe was just 650-million years old, a...
[Video]SKA: To the stars and beyond
[Video]SKA: To the stars and beyond
The Square Kilometre Array, the biggest scientific endeavour in the world, is under construction in SA. We went to see the ground-breaking project.
Suddenly Africa is looking up
Suddenly Africa is looking up
Boredom is an under-appreciated and misunderstood tool in scientific innovation. Albert Einstein was pushing paper in a patent office when he...
Oldest known Mayan charts found in Gautemala jungle
Oldest known Mayan charts found in Gautemala jungle
Ancient inscriptions on the walls of a looted house in the Guatemalan jungle are the oldest astronomical charts known from the Mayan civilisation. Explorers chanced upon the writings while excavating a room buried under a collapsed building that was overgrown with...
A galaxy of possibilities
A galaxy of possibilities
Teachers can learn to embrace personal growth and change by studying the universe, according to award-­winning astronomer and ­motivational...
Loosely: In the sky is a diamond planet
Loosely: In the sky is a diamond planet
Astronomers have spotted an exotic planet that seems to be made of diamond racing around a tiny star in our galactic backyard.
A watershed of astronomical proportions
A watershed of astronomical proportions
When Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor returns from her international campaign for South Africa to host the €1.5-billion Square...
Bringing stars down to Earth
Bringing stars down to Earth
South African astronomers are bidding to host a decade-long multimillion-rand project to bring the scientific mysteries of the universe to the...

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