Total solar eclipse seen across northern Australia

Starting just after dawn, the eclipse cast a shadow 150 kilometres long. Photo: AP/Tourism Queensland

From boats bobbing on the Great Barrier Reef, to hot air balloons hovering over the rainforest, and the hilltops and beaches in between, tens of thousands of scientists, tourists and amateur astronomers watched as the sun, moon and earth aligned and plunged northern Austr

Thursday, 15 November, 2012, 2:57am

Science shows us how ordinary we, and the earth, are

One bit at a time, science has been destroying all of our traditional ideas about our own centrality. Photo: AFP

In this interval between the struggle to choose the next president of the US and the next leader of China, a delicious moment of sheer silliness: the BBC has banned a science programme because it might trigger an interstellar invasion.

13 Nov 2012 - 2:15am 1 comment


Scorpio (Oct 24 - Nov 22) A dynamic alignment between fearless Mars and Jupiter, planet of success but also excess, indicates you will either win big or lose big. Be brave and, if it goes wrong, be big enough to blame yourself.


3 Nov 2012 - 11:29pm

Legends: Sundal

Legends: Sundal

To Hindus, Shakti, the "Great Divine Mother", is the origin of all cosmic energy. She is celebrated in a festival called Navratri, meaning nine nights, and culminates on the 10th day, Dasera. There are five such celebrations each year, and this year Sharada Navratri - often seen as the most important, as Sharad signifies new beginnings - began on Tuesday and will run until Wednesday.

18 Oct 2012 - 4:59pm

Clouds obscure rare transit of Venus

All eyes turn to the skies at the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront as amateur astronomers join the professionals to watch an astronomical event they're unlikely to be around to see again.

Amateurs stargazers joined the city's leading astronomers to see the tiny speck of the planet Venus slowly move across the face of the sun, an event known as the transit of Venus.

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Last chance to view rare Venus transit

Stargazers have their last chance to see the transit of Venus today - and Hongkongers are invited to watch the astronomical event with the help of experts at a special free event.

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Quest for planet of love

Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens by Andrea Wulf Knopf

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Fung shui master is in his element

Fung shui master Raymond Lo claims to have foreseen the resignation of Russian president Bois Yeltsin in 1999, the crash of the Nasdaq stock market in 2000, the break-up of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in 2001, and the outbreak of the Gulf wars in 1990 and 2003.

29 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Weddings soar in Year of the Dragon

The coming Year of the Dragon will be busy with weddings, buoyed by fung shui predictions that the lunar year is a prime time to tie the knot, industry insiders say.

And related businesses can expect to do a roaring trade on December 12, or 12/12/12.

6 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Stellar journey through the ages

The Hong Kong Space Museum's new sky show combines tales of ancient Greek myths with the modern world's most amazing scientific discoveries.

Astronomyths, which runs until December 31, takes audiences on a stellar journey through the ages, weaving together interesting ancient myths and modern scientific findings, and enabling audiences to learn more about the autumn sky.

7 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Best colours for job interview

You may suddenly discover that you have been laid off or that your company has folded. You may have felt that you could no longer work in a stressful environment, or that you are no longer fulfilled at work.

Regardless of the reason, you can always use fung shui principles to guide your job search.

11 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Find colours that can work for you

While most of us would have been decked out in red during the Lunar New Year festivities, be warned that red might not be the most auspicious colour for everyone. For instance, wearing a red dress or skirt to work a few times a week may not necessarily bring you promotion or a pay rise.

5 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

In charm's way

Amid busy preparations for the Year of the Rabbit, some car owners might have forgotten to check the zodiac road map for their car's fung shui. Critics might scoff at this oversight, but Hong Kong's metaphysically minded motorists probably agree that you need the best chi you can get when navigating the city's congested roads.

26 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

In 2011, be ready to run

The Year of the Rabbit looks set to follow in the footsteps of the tiger, bringing some good moves for the economy but danger, too, as the dragon gets closer.

6 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Look at astrology as a guide only

You may have read that in 2011, those born in the years of the sheep, dog and pig will benefit in terms of career, while others born in the year of the rooster will have tough times ahead. But is this necessarily true?

5 Feb 2011 - 12:00am