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Cosmic food fights

Disputes in astronomy don't exist only in ancient history.
RELATED TOPICS: COSMOLOGY
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Surely astronomers are too courteous to get worked up over celestial arguments.

Think again.

Scientists on the “wrong side” of a dispute, like the dark matter versus Modified Newtonian Dynamics controversy I explored in the April Astronomy cover story, sometimes find themselves shunned. Tempers can flare. Well, there’s an old journalism adage that “controversy sells.” It’s juicy. So let’s review some famous standout astro-squabbles.

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