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What astronomers can teach us about a famous kiss



After reading an August 2010 New York Times story by Andy Newman that questioned the established timing of the famous Alfred Eisenstaedt photo of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square on V-J Day 1945 — Steve Kawaler, an Iowa State University professor of physics and astronomy, sent a note to Donald Olson, a professor of physics at Texas State University in San Marcos. He believed that knowing the exact location of the subjects and photographer, and the 1945 skyline around Times Square, one could pin it down pretty well.

Read Kawaler’s story in the New York Times.

Read Iowa State University News Services’ report on the story.