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Stars Are Seen Through a Cloud, Darkly, Says New Theory

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Science  01 Nov 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5288, pp. 722
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5288.722


Two laser spectroscopists from IBM have put forward a controversial theory to explain one of the greatest enigmas of astronomical spectroscopy: unexplained dark absorption bands in the spectra of all bright stars. Astronomers have in general been skeptical, but this radical theory is winning converts.