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Bob Berman's strange universe: You go, I'll stay

November 2005: Astronomers know Earth at its worst is still heaven compared to anywhere in space that has no zip code.
November is not a great month in the northeastern mountains. Trees turn bare, and birds head south. Just as bad, this month starts the half-year-long cloudy season in much of North America, when the percentage of clear skies drops in half. Stargazing becomes iffy. But astronomers are easily consoled: We know Earth at its worst is still heaven compared to anywhere in space that has no zip code.

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