Science: A Glimpse Into Limbo

It was only a blurred dot on a photographic plate. But as displayed last week by Astronomer Rudolph Minkowski of California's Mount Wilson and Palomar observatories, it was a scientific milestone: the dot, probably the collision of two galaxies 6 billion light years away from earth, represented the most distant phenomenon ever identified by man.

The picture, taken by Minkowski with Palomar's giant 200-in. Hale telescope, was a dramatic symbol of a surge in astronomical science made possible by a far-sighted alliance between optical and radio telescopy. When Palomar's 200-incher was completed in...

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