While NASA has been putting up wonderful observatories to view the sky, most of us live in locations where viewing the night sky is almost an impossibility. If you have never seen the Milky Way blazing away in its splendor, you would never understand the frustration of looking up at the paultry views most of us city folks must endure.
I am certain that almost everybody has seen some of these photographs. However, just to make certain that you do not misunderstand the problem, go to Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) to view the world's light pollution which probably includes your viewing area.
Earth at Night (APOD)
Artificial Night Sky Brightness
If all of the lights in the world were shielded so that the light goes downward towards the ground rather than upward into the sky, everybody would be amazed at the sky they have been missing all of this time. I will look for sites which show the Milky Way in all of its glory, so that you can see what you are missing.
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