On a rainy afternoon, Michael Shofar sits at the keyboard of
the newly installed Holtkamp organ in the
North Hall and plays a little Bach with his left hand. His
fingers caress the wooden keys--rich plumwood for the equivalent
of the white keys on a piano; darker palisander, a hard rosewood,
for the black.
This is no concert. A small toolbox rests on
the bench next to him, and a miniature anvil is clamped to the
left of the three keyboards. Sixteen hours a day, for nearly a
month, Shofar has been teaching the complex technology of the
organ to sing.
Milky Way is not alone: A galaxy has
The Milky Way is being invaded by another galaxy.
But don't panic; we've got the size
Astronomers have known since 1994 that a small
galaxy orbiting the Milky Way has actually entered Earth's home
galaxy. Now new findings may shed light on the nature of "dark
matter" inside the invading galaxy.
A team of scientists made the 1994 discovery
unexpectedly while analyzing stars in the concentrated,
elliptical bulge at the center of our own galaxy, the Milky
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