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That’s when the two stars in the binary system V Sagittae are set to merge in a spectacularly luminous fashion.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

The SETI Institute leads the hunt for extraterrestrials, which has entered a new phase with myriad planets to focus on.

Ramin Skibba, Contributor

Astrophysicists devised a new theory that may explain the formation of black holes with masses exceeding 50 times that of our own sun.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

The dragon's large belly holds clues about how stars form -- and how the process stops.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

An assortment of twinkling images of space, stars and spacecrafts.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

Researchers calculate all the photons ever emitted by the observable universe and find an astronomical number.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

As Hurricane Lane races toward Hawaii, some of the world’s most powerful telescopes prepare for wild weather.

Jennifer Leman, Contributor

We explore how powerful your laser needs to be to get noticed on Mars and beyond.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Scientists propose strategies to build a larger-than-ever space telescope by sending up the mirror piece by piece.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

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