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Michael Richmond, professor of physics, conducted astronomical research this summer in Japan. Here, he takes a moment from his work to talk to fourth-graders visiting the Kiso Observatory in the town of Agematsu. Their teacher, Fujinuki-san, helped Richmond explain the difference between stars, galaxies and planets. “We tried to show how galaxies are relatively close to each other, and planets are not so close to each other, but stars are really far from each other.”

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