Science: Stargazers

Astronomers have long passed the stage of studying the heavens directly with simple, visible light. Last week, at Madison, Wis., the American Astronomical Society learned of some new, fancy capers which light can be made to cut.

Drs. Joel Stebbins and A. E. Whitford, of the University of Wisconsin, cast an infra-red ray of hope on astronomy's bitterest sorrow : the invisibility of the Milky Way's nucleus. Even with small telescopes, astronomers can study the galaxies, gigantic clouds of stars which float far off in space. At their centers most galaxies have tight star clusters which may contain much of their...

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