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RIP Allan Sandage

Cosmic Variance has just informed me of the passing of Allan Sandage. Sandage is widely regarded as one of the great astronomers of our time. There is an anecdote in one of Timothy Ferris’ books (probably the Whole Shebang) of a group of astronomers who, with a flash new telescope at their disposal, decided to repeat some observations that Sandage had done many years before. They found, much to their amazement, that Sandage’s measurements were astonishingly accurate, especially given the instrument he was working with. He will be greatly missed.

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