Science: Look Upward

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From the dusty lowlands of San Diego County, the road leads up Palomar Mountain in sharp, steep curves. Near the top the air turns cold; the dry, thorny brush of southern California yields to evergreen forests. Deer bounce across the roadway; squirrels peek from the incense cedars; through the primitive underbrush pads an occasional mountain lion. But the summit of Palomar Mountain is one of the high points of the 20th Century. For there stands the dazzling new 200-inch telescope that will peer a billion lightyears* into space—man's deepest look at the...

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