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Dusty Roads of the Cosmos Lure New Explorers

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Science  07 Feb 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5301, pp. 758-759
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5301.758

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TORONTO—Astronomers, like householders, have never cared much for dust. But cosmic dust is gaining new respect, as astronomers study the interplay of dust and light in interstellar space. At an American Astronomical Society meeting here last month, that was the theme of presentations ranging from how dust in the Milky Way creates a giant Polaroid filter for starlight to how gravitational “magnifying glasses” in clusters of stars could be burning away dust.

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