A Close Shave

A Neighbourhood Star’s Close Shave With Our Solar System Astronomers identify the closest known flyby of a star other than the Sun to Earth. The star likely passed through the Oort Cloud of comets at the edge of our solar system 70,000 years ago. Astronomers from the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and Southern African […]


Luminous Blue Variable

Discovery of a New “Luminous Blue Variable” Star Astronomers identify an extremely rare star which could soon die in a spectacular supernova explosion. Astronomer Dr A. Kniazev from the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), together with collaborators from the Lomonosov Moscow State University Dr. V. Gvaramadze and Dr. L. Berdnikov have recently discovered a new […]