In a super-arid desert at an altitude of five kilometres, with almost no humidity or vegetation, the world's largest ground-based astronomy project is opening for business, ready to probe the universe with unprecedented might.Thursday, 14 March, 2013, 2:59am
Though ubiquitous, the origin of cosmic rays has never been pinned down. Scientists have suggested that they could either come from the remains of supernovae, which are the violent explosions that mark the death of the biggest stars, or they could be particles accelerated by black holes somewhere outside our galaxy.17 Feb 2013 - 3:28am
Astronomers are gearing for thrills this year when earth gets buzzed by two rogue asteroids and two comets.
This week, scientists who scour the heavens for dangerous space rocks will be tracking an asteroid called 99942 Apophis.7 Jan 2013 - 4:40am
Astronomers using the most advanced land telescope in the world have unlocked knowledge about how "gas giant" planets such as Jupiter and Saturn came into being.
These vast but uninhabitable worlds are created by gobbling up gas and dust that envelope young stars in a murky disc, they believe.4 Jan 2013 - 4:46am
Astronomer Patrick Moore, renowned for his work mapping the moon's surface and for having popularised his subject with the British public, died yesterday at the age of 89.
Moore, whose lunar research was used by both the US and Soviets space programmes, died peacefully at his home in Selsey on the southern English coast after succumbing to an infection.10 Dec 2012 - 4:12am
It's evening in the universe. The stars we have are dying, and we're not making new ones the way we used to.25 Nov 2012 - 4:01am
Shanghai, you may have a problem. Municipal government officials have just attended a ceremony to mark the completion of a "landmark" radio telescope in the city.12 Nov 2012 - 7:14am 1 comment
It remains in the realm of science fiction for now but the discovery of a new planet just four light-years away will reignite a race to find a twin of planet Earth that may host extraterrestrial life.22 Oct 2012 - 3:28am
Astronomers have found a new planet, the closest yet outside our solar system and just an astronomical stone's throw away at four light years, raising the chances of finding a habitable planet in earth's neighbourhood.18 Oct 2012 - 3:37am
An international team of amateur and professional astronomers have discovered a planet orbiting two suns - similar to the planet in the Star Wars movies.
The planet, which not only orbits two suns but is in turn orbited by a second distant pair of stars, is the first reported case of such a phenomenon.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
Twinkling stars are not the only diamonds in the sky. Scientists say they have discovered a “diamond planet” twice the size of Earth and eight times its mass, zooming around a nearby star.
In fact, this is not the first diamond planet ever discovered, but it is the first found orbiting a sun-like star and whose chemical make-up has been specified.12 Oct 2012 - 3:27pm
Forget the diamond as big as the Ritz. This one's bigger than planet Earth.
Astronomers have discovered a planet twice the size of our own made largely out of diamond, orbiting a star that is visible to the naked eye.
The planet, called "55 Cancri e", orbits a sun-like star in the constellation of Cancer and is moving so fast that a year there lasts a mere 18 hours.12 Oct 2012 - 4:03am
Astronomers using a powerful Chile-based telescope have released a rare image of a spiral shell of cosmic dust and gas surrounding a red giant star.
The discovery marks the first time that scientists have found such a structure and obtained full three-dimensional information about the spiral.11 Oct 2012 - 6:20pm
Winners of the Shaw Prize gathered in Hong Kong this week to collect their US$1 million prizes for their contributions to the advancement of science. In this Q&A, we talk to astronomers David Jewitt and Jane Luu, who share the prize for astronomy for their 1992 discovery of the Kuiper Belt.
29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
More than 500 students and parents gathered at the hall of Diocesan Boys' School last Saturday for the semi-finals of this year's Supernova singing contest.
The event's 25 acts - individual singers as well as groups - had been selected from 370 initial contestants through six preliminary heats held in April and May.
Only 10 of them would make it to the final.11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am