Science: Witnesses to a Creation

There may be, as the Book of Ecclesiastes says, "no new thing under the Sun," but there is definitely something new way out beyond it. Astronomers know that stars, and possibly entire solar systems, are constantly being born in the womblike gas clouds of interstellar space (TIME cover, Dec. 27). Now, they may have a chance to observe a delivery. Scientists from the University of Arizona and NASA'S Ames Research Center at Mountain View, Calif., announced last week that they have identified a discshaped object in the constellation Cygnus that is not only...

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