A Space Invader Is Here

An intergalactic war is going on, but not the kind we used to read about in science fiction magazines

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Supercomputer animations of galaxies colliding have a magical look to them. (People with access to an Imax theater can see one in a film called Cosmic Voyage.) The trails of stars left curving through space after one galaxy passes through another look like a cross between pyrotechnic displays and the glittering trails left in the air by a fairy godmother's wand. Brilliant, brand-new stars blaze out where clouds of gas and dust have been mashed together. A critic might accuse the whole show of being "over the top." The rest of us tend to gape.


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