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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. 

Astrophysicists offer a possible explanation for why dark matter seems to behave differently in the Milky Way.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

This month’s tour through the universe features visits to a blistering planet and a chilly nebula, as well as a sweeping view of merging galaxies.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

The signal, from two merging black holes 3 billion light-years away, is the most distant observation yet.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

This month's extraterrestrial wonders include a dune-swept Martian beach, a polar view of Jupiter, and a young planetary system that seems to glare like a demonic eye.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

The implications for human reproduction beyond Earth are unclear.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Theoretical physicists contemplate the seemingly impossible situation of a point in space-time where gravity goes to infinity.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Scientists test materials to withstand Mars’ surface and space.

Jason Socrates Bardi, Editor

New simulations suggests life could exist in universes very different from our own.

Gabriel Popkin, Contributor

This month's featured images include a commemorative portrait of the spacecraft Cassini and a composite image of dark matter.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

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