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"I suspect that religion is a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species. And that's one of the interesting things about contact with other intelligences: we could see what role, if any, religion plays in their development."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Meteorscope  
  A device that probes ahead in space detecting swarms of deadly meteors.  

Kenniston snorted. "Charts are all made by planet-lubbers. There's a small swarm that tags after that big No. 480 mess we just detoured around. Let me have the 'scopes and I'll try to locate it."

Using the meteorscopes whose sensitive electromagnetic beams could probe far out through space, to be reflected by any matter, Kenniston searched carefully. He finally straightened from the task.

From The World With A Thousand Moons, by Edmond Hamilton.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1942
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Compare to the more prosaic (but probably more workable) meteor-spotting radar from engineer/writer George O. Smith's 1943 story Recoil.

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