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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. 

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

Data from the second probe to reach interstellar space helps scientists form a more complete picture of the boundary between the sun and the stars. 

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Quiver at the sight of skeletal galaxies, stellar pumpkins and ghostly interstellar visitors.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

Researchers find plausible, alien-free explanation for observations of star KIC 8462852.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Several exoplanets were found before the 1995 discovery that netted Mayor and Didier this year’s physics Nobel. Why weren’t the others honored?

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

New research suggests the interstellar interlopers may indicate the presence of a vast number of as yet undetected giant exoplanets.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Enjoy the start of astronomical autumn with black holes, a comet, star clusters and other stunning images.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

Image set in space with watery, bluish planet in foreground and faint star in background.

Planet K2-18b is about twice as wide as Earth and located about 110 light-years away.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

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