The search for signatures of cosmic bullets

  title={The search for signatures of cosmic bullets},
  author={Martin Stuhlinger},
  booktitle={SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation},
  • M. Stuhlinger
  • Published in
    SPIE Astronomical Telescopes…
    14 June 2006
  • Physics
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