As an avid amateur photographer that happens to live near a major city, I'm well aware of the impact that light pollution can have on the night sky. One of my bucket list items for years has been to capture a shot of the Milky Way galaxy but because there's so much light pollution where I live, it hasn't yet happened.
To give you an idea of just how much of the night sky that city lights mask, photographer Sriram Murali recently put together an excellent video that showcases the various levels of light pollution and what you can (and can't) see thanks to the modern amenity that is artificial light.
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