We are stardust

Feeling alive? Then thank your lucky stars

By Beth Geiger, 15:19 PM February 26, 2014

Stars glitter in the Arizona sky like a million winks. Inside the Kitt Peak National Observatory, Catherine Pilachowski zips her coat against the chilly night air. She steps up to the huge telescope and peers into its eyepiece. Suddenly, distant galaxies and stars come into focus. Pilachowski sees dying stars called red giants. She sees supernovas, too — the remains of exploded stars.

An astronomer at Indiana University in Bloomington, she feels a deep connection to these cosmic objects. Maybe...

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