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An accurate distance to the nearest galaxy

By having a highly accurate value for the distance to the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy, astronomers can get a better measure of cosmic 'dark energy'. Using binary stars, they have now achieved a value accurate to 2.2%. See Letter p.76

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Figure 1: The Large Magellanic Cloud.



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