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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. 

Explore the stars that surround us in this month's slideshow.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

The gigantic celestial body has exploded multiple times, confounding scientists.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Strange alien sights from our solar system and beyond.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

This past summer, thousands of scientists worked together in the first observation of a neutron star merger. Here’s how it went down.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

An animation of two neutron stars colliding.

First gravitational wave detection of colliding neutron stars sent scientists racing to collect light from the event.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Illustration shows a baseball flying through space away from the Earth, located in the background of the image.

Anything that has mass and moves can give off gravitational waves, but for familiar items they are extremely tiny.

Ramin Skibba, Contributor

An artist's rendering of the LISA satellite.

A 100-year-old theory helped open up a brand-new world of astronomy.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

A round-up of the latest astronomical illustrations and a salute to Cassini.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

There’s a bunch of space trash floating around Earth, it’s moving superfast, and now we have lasers to help keep an eye on it.

Karin Heineman, Executive Producer

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