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Looking through an opening in the vast cloud of cosmic dust that fills the Milky Way System, Harlow Shapley. Director of the Harvard College Observatory, has discovered a staggering total of about 6,000 now galaxies, each composed of thousands of millions of stars and suns.
In addition, six clusters of galaxies, super-systems of stars revealing higher orders of universes, have been found.
"A considerable number of galaxies in a very low galactic-latitude," Shapley reports "Indicates the presence in the Perseus-Cassiopela region of a window."
It is through this window that he has made his momentous discoveries.
The study of the relative distribution of stars gives an indication of the total amount of obscuring material, assuming a uniformity in the distribution of stars in a given region.
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