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. 

Quiver at the sight of skeletal galaxies, stellar pumpkins and ghostly interstellar visitors.
Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator
Researchers find plausible, alien-free explanation for observations of star KIC 8462852.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Several exoplanets were found before the 1995 discovery that netted Mayor and Didier this year’s physics Nobel. Why weren’t the others honored?
Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer
New research suggests the interstellar interlopers may indicate the presence of a vast number of as yet undetected giant exoplanets.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Enjoy the start of astronomical autumn with black holes, a comet, star clusters and other stunning images.
Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator
Planet K2-18b is about twice as wide as Earth and located about 110 light-years away.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Bacteria in one of the most extreme places on Earth point toward past life on Mars.
Sofie Bates, Contributor
Take a tour through the lenses of space telescopes.
Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator
Other researchers dispute whether astronauts would experience the type of radiation used in the experiment.
Meeri Kim, Contributor
Appreciate anniversaries marked by moonwalks and stellar fireworks this month
Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator
Test of mining prowess of microbes lifted off yesterday. 
Brian Owens, Contributor
Using a simple film camera, astronomer Bill Livingston photographed satellites that hover above the equator.
Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, Contributor