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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. 

As summer winds down, savor images from some of the hottest, most magnetic, and awe-inspiring places in the universe.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

Enjoy the drama of supermassive black holes, colliding planets and glittering “starscapes.”

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

Numerous bits of orbiting debris threaten spacecraft, so two teams propose tracking them with unique license plate-like transponders.

Ramin Skibba, Contributor

The gas giant now has 79 confirmed moons, including a new “oddball” one.

James Gaines, Contributor

This month we appreciate how images can take us on a journey to better understand the universe.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

A new study suggests also looking for "bioessential" elements when searching for alien life.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Peruse pictures that peer at neighboring galaxies, distant lonely stars and the sky above an erupting volcano.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

Physicists come up with alternate explanation of gravity that may implicate dark energy, which comprises 70 percent of our universe.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Just as sailors can look to constellations for their bearings, interplanetary travelers could use pulsars to navigate the universe.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

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