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Pillars of Creation

PILLAR OF STRENGTH  Columns of cosmic gas and dust dubbed the Pillars of Creation (shown in this image from the Hubble Space Telescope) may be propped up by an internal magnetic field.

Joseph Weber

WAVE RUNNER  Joseph Weber (shown in 1969) announced he detected a gravity wave using his aluminum cylinder detector at University of Maryland in College Park. It took nearly five decades for LIGO to confirm that gravity waves can be detected.

artist's illustration of an infant planet

PLANETARY NURSERY  This artist’s impression shows an infant planet as it swirls gas and dust around itself while orbiting a young star.

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