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Sept. 22, 2010

Vol. 111, No. 1

Cover Story
Messier 51, as observed in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, is actually two galaxies in collision. The impact, which will take 100 million years to complete, creates the spiral arms and the spray of stars visible at the right. Known as the Whirlpool Galaxy, Messier 51 is 23 million light-years away from Earth.

The stargazers

After decades of exciting breakthroughs, Princeton astronomers are enjoying a new explosion of discoveries

By W. Barksdale Maynard ’88

One breezy December afternoon in 1882, faculty astro­no­mer Charles Young fired up the gas engine that powered Halsted Observatory’s metal dome and turned the dials of the new, 30-foot-long telescope, fourth-largest in the world. Then he waited...

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A moment with ... Eliot Spitzer ’81, governor-turned-journalist

For a time, Eliot Spitzer ’81 went the way of other politicians who had fallen from grace. The hard-charging former governor of New York was out of the spotlight, focused on his wife and daughters, returning to the real estate business that his father had...Read more
Brian Reilly ’14, far right, at a waterfall in Peru.

First bridge-year students find a ‘place in the world’

The 20 students who pioneered Princeton’s bridge-year program have returned to campus, and both the students and program leaders say the year surpassed expectations. “In a way, I am more hungry for my education at Princeton than I was before,” said Cole...Read more
Bob Surace ’90 and the Tigers host Lafayette at Princeton Stadium Sept. 25.

Under Surace ’90, football’s next era begins

Fourteen stacks of DVDs, arranged by each prospective player’s position, lined the desktop of new football coach Bob Surace ’90 this summer. The carefully chosen highlights, sent in hopes of encouraging coaches to pick up the phone or send an e-mail, are...Read more
Web Bonus Links
Return to Dachau
Alan W. Lukens ’46, who took part in official ceremonies at the Dachau concentration camp in April 65 years after helping to liberate the camp, reflects on his wartime experience.
Video: Picturing the universe
View a series of images from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, captured by a telescope at Apache Point, N.M., designed by Princeton astronomy professor Jim Gunn.
Web Exclusives
Gregg Lange's 70's Rally 'Round the Cannon
Lessons from the Faculty Room (and why alumni need to pay a visit by Oct. 30).
'How did we get so old fast?'
Gerald D. Skoning '64 profiles the changing character of class reunions through the years.
Recent alumni deaths
A list of alumni whose deaths recently have been reported to the University.
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Add your group to PAW's list of nonprofits created or led by alumni.
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