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Night sweats

Astronomers must overcome the ancient human fear of darkness.
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Autumn brings ever-expanding night. For many, this is not pleasant. Halloween unites classic darkness terrors with deliberate spookiness. And November in most of the United States and Canada is when suddenly bare, twisted branches and stronger gusts create a mood of icy menace. Outdoors, life’s colors and scents vanish. Even the birds pack it up and flee.

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