Science: Blue Companion

Astronomers get most of their information by studying and analyzing the light of the bright stars. They know almost nothing about the smaller bodies in distant space which are not self-luminous, i.e., planets, meteors, comets. But they suspect a great deal and are forever looking for proof. Last week, in Science magazine, Russian-born Astronomer Otto Struve, head of the observatories of Chicago and Texas Universities, described some delicate observations that allowed him to spot tiny meteors 250 light years (about 1,500,000,000,000,000 miles) away.

The brilliant red star Antares (450 times the diameter of the sun) in the constellation of Scorpio is a...

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