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Astronomers Gossip About The (Cosmic) Neighborhood

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Science  09 Sep 1994:
Vol. 265, Issue 5178, pp. 1526-1527
DOI: 10.1126/science.265.5178.1526

Abstract

The Hague, Netherlands, last month welcomed 2000 astronomers from around the world for the 22nd General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU). From 15 to 27 August, they participated in symposia and discussions on topics ranging from the down-to-Earth issue of light and radio-frequency pollution to the creation of elements at the farthest reaches of time and space, in the big bang. Some of the most striking news, however, came in new findings from our galaxy and its immediate surroundings.