February was a great month for physics. The subject of high‐Tc Superconductors exploded as labs around the world pushed the transition temperature for a variety of compounds above 77 K. The Reagan Administration announced its support for the Superconducting Super Collider as a major investment to push back the frontiers of particle physics. And on 23 February, astronomers ended a 383‐year vigil as a naked‐eye supernova blazed forth in the southern sky. (See figure 1.)

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