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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. 

Clouds above giant planet beyond our solar system are made from the same mineral as rubies and sapphires.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Massive pulse gave off more energy than the sun emits in a month.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Observations of rotating galaxies could be explained without including dark matter, which may require changes to prevailing theories.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Scientists use data from the New Horizons mission to illuminate the mystery.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Observations of the region beyond the planet Neptune are giving astronomers fresh understanding of our solar system's history – and may reveal a new planet.

Peter Gwynne, Contributor

New observations point to processes driving away the atmosphere, rendering the planet's surface inhospitable to life.

Ramin Skibba, Contributor

New research explains the careful choreography of a multi-planet system called Kepler-233.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

Astronomers examine pairs of tiny colliding galaxies, twisting each other and tugging at their clouds of gas.

Ramin Skibba, Contributor

After top dark matter candidate fizzles out, physicists look to more exotic realms.

Ramin Skibba, Contributor

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