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 heavenly orbs are not quite stars and not quite planets.
Rebecca Boyle, Contributor
Rock core samples may carry marks made by cosmic rays up to billions of years old.
Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer
The lunar surface offers advantages for infrared and radio astronomy, despite the challenges.
Ramin Skibba, Contributor
Multiple researchers suggest that dead magnetic stars have likely been behind the rare, intense bursts of radio waves that began in 2007.
Ramin Skibba, Contributor
To researchers' surprise, Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko has ice that's fluffier than freshly fallen snow.
Rebecca Boyle, Contributor
Learn what NASA has been doing for more than 60 years.
Inside Science Contributor
Astrophysicists can now piece together the moon's past, including the role of its fleeting magnetic field.
Ramin Skibba, Contributor
A month’s worth of cool science stories, summed up.
Alistair Jennings, Contributor
For the first time, astronomers have discovered a planet that survived the death throes of its star.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Photographers and scientists capture breathtaking images of NEOWISE as it made its world tour.
Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator
The method may be able to improve solar flare prediction using only satellite images of the sun.
Meredith Fore, Contributor
The new findings come after more than 10 years of observation.
Christian Fogerty, Contributor