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Black holes, galaxies, mysteries and space travel

Our coverage sheds light on the boundless darkness, the physical violence and the mysterious, awesome reaches of our universe. We ponder how it all began and about our place in the cosmos: Are we alone? Is there life on other planets? Will interplanetary travel save the human race? We also explore space through images, videos and illustration. 

We honor the spacecraft’s 16-year journey with five beautiful images from the telescope.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

Some scientists have been poking at the foundations of dark energy, but many say the concept remains on solid, if mysterious, ground.

Ramin Skibba, Contributor

Bookshelf with a right angle -- long shelf comes toward the photographer, toward the right of the camera, and the perpendicular portion is toward the left of the frame.

New study presents new way to observe rate at which culture changes.

Brian Owens, Contributor

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

Enjoy ginormous candy canes, stellar glitter, and visiting (interstellar) neighbors this month.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

Marvel at the lives and deaths of stars across the universe.

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

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