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Bitter truths

The drama of the night sky comes in two acts as the Milky Way sweeps overhead in summer, then again in winter. These are the seasons when our evenings are posted with bright stars and constellations. I'm a granddad now, but when my own four children were young, we spent many summer nights stargazing together. I told the kids stories of swans, eagles, lyres, dolphins and darts. I taught them star names: Vega, Deneb, Altair, Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali. But it was winter stargazing I liked best, selfishly perhaps. We were living then in a too-small house, and when winter cooped us up inside things sometimes got very close. My escape was to a granite bluff overlooking a nearby...