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. 

Theoretical astrophysicists predict that a glowing halo just outside the event horizon should surround all black holes.
Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer
Scientists argue that Deimos’ tilted orbit owes to a Martian ring that disintegrated billions of years ago.
Ramin Skibba, Contributor
Bacteria and yeast can survive under hydrogen in the lab, which may mean more planets could support extraterrestrial life.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
It’s one of NASA’s longest-living and most valuable telescopes, sending back amazing space images to Earth for decades.
Jason Socrates Bardi, Editor
Scientists may soon be able to observe a dramatic, long-predicted consequence of Einstein’s theory of general relativity.
Meredith Fore, Contributor
Fifty years ago, an explosion changed the flight of Apollo 13 into a saga of skill, fortitude, and resilience. A reporter who covered the mission recounts the details.
Peter Gwynne, Contributor
Puzzling planets with the apparent density of cotton candy probably have rings, according to a new study.
Ramin Skibba, Contributor
The space agency’s InSight lander has detected hundreds of marsquakes since arriving on the red planet about 15 months ago.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
We honor the spacecraft’s 16-year journey with five beautiful images from the telescope.
Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator
Some scientists have been poking at the foundations of dark energy, but many say the concept remains on solid, if mysterious, ground.
Ramin Skibba, Contributor
That’s when the two stars in the binary system V Sagittae are set to merge in a spectacularly luminous fashion.
Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator
Upcoming cool science stories for 2020.
Alistair Jennings, Contributor