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Getting a Clear View

A good telescope gets even better

6:07pm, September 6, 2002

Last December, astronomers commanded the world's biggest telescope, perched near the windswept summit of Hawaii's Mauna Kea, to gaze deep into the Andromeda galaxy. The W.M. Keck II Telescope had studied the galaxy, one of our nearest neighbors, many times before, but now the stakes were higher.

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