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Bringing the Stars Down to Earth

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Science  18 Apr 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5311, pp. 351
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5311.351

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A new movement in astrophysics aims to bring celestial events into the laboratory for study, rather than relying only on remote observations and computer simulations. With devices ranging from giant lasers to plasma-filled flasks, these experimenters are trying to mimic the huge solar eruptions called coronal mass ejections, various stages in supernova explosions, and even some of the extreme conditions felt by particles near the boundaries of black holes.