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I was driving at nighttime through the southern Utah desert a few years ago. It was pitch dark, and there were no lights for miles around. Since I'm an avid stargazer, I couldn't resist getting out of the car and looking up at the sky. The Milky Way stretched across the sky, brighter than I'd ever seen it.

I stand in the desert
Under the starry canopy
At the end of a vast spiral arm
Adrift in a cosmic sea
It is no accident that this wilderness is my home.

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