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New Milky Way maps help solve stubborn interstellar material mystery


August 14, 2014

view of Milky Way Galaxy An international team of sky scholars has produced new maps of the material located between the stars in the Milky Way. The results should move astronomers closer to cracking a stardust puzzle that has vexed them for nearly a century. Full Story

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