04/02/2012 05:57 pm ET

7 Places For Top-Notch Stargazing: Planet That Never Sleeps

When many of us turn our eyes toward the night sky, we see a yellowish-grey swatch sweeping across the horizon with an occasional brightly lit planet blinking as if on low-batteries. The sweeping landscape of the Milky Way, so familiar to our ancestors, has become the stuff of mountain vacations and desert sojourns.

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