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Space Odyssey

An image of light pollution around the world.  A recent study revealed that perhaps two-thirds of the world's population can no longer look upwards at night and see the Milky Way -- a hazy swath of stars that on warm summer nights spans the sky from horizon to horizon.

Cosmologists speculate that 1014 years from now (a mind-boggling stretch) the stars in our relentlessly expanding Universe could run out of fuel and fade from view. The night sky, once the TV set of ancient peoples, will become dull and boring: a blank tableau with no stars or nebulae.