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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. 

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

The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment may address important physics questions and change the way we look at our planet.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Burying certain instruments helps astronomers and astrophysicists detect otherwise difficult-to-spot particles.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

We offer another round of applause for the summer’s biggest astronomical event.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

A new theoretical model shows how miniature black holes devouring neutron stars from the inside might create heavy elements.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

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