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Bypassing the Magellanic Cloud

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Science  10 Sep 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5434, pp. 1661
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5434.1661

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As the tug-of-war continues over the distance to a nearby galaxy called the Large Magellanic Cloud--a first step in the cosmic distance ladder (see main text)--a few astronomers have boldly tried to leapfrog it. They are using clever geometric techniques to get absolute distances to more remote galaxies.