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What is amazing to me is that with so much light pollution, there are millions if not billions of people who have never experienced the milky way. During the power outage in LA a few years ago, emergency lines were deluged with calls from people concerned about the huge band of light in the sky. I grew up in the dark (then) mountains of southern Oregon, later lived in a protected area of the Olympic Penninsula in WA state, and then high in the Colorado Rockies. In all of those places, the Milky Way was like a beacon for me. Now, ironically, I live in a small village in Vermont saturated with street lamps, and I not only cannot see the Milky Way, I cannot even see the lighning bugs in my back yard! I truly miss the Milky Way; something essential is missing from my life.