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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 tiny world of Ultima Thule, which lies at the outer edges of the solar system, is flattened like a pancake, with few craters.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

Blazing meteor streaks through the Earth's atmosphere

Astronomers are trying to deflect a near-Earth asteroid for the first time, to prepare for a future object on a collision course with the planet.

Ramin Skibba, Contributor

A month's worth of cool science stories summed up.

Alistair Jennings, Contributor

This month: Black holes and stellar revolutions.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

Their observations confirm water lurks in the moon's subsoil, not just at the poles.

Ramin Skibba, Contributor

We have now seen what we thought was unseeable, team says.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

Spring has sprung: Interstellar edition.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

Space salt, Martian clay, and unexpected X-rays feature in this month's slideshow.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

Image shows a glowing orange-red star glowing in the background, as a dark planet looms in the foreground.

Planets closely orbiting red dwarf stars may have dynamic tectonic plates, making them more life-friendly than previously thought.

Ramin Skibba, Contributor

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