Growing up, I lived on the edge of Sydney, and often went on holidays to more remote places. So I’ve seen the Milky Way frequently – the Magellenic clouds, and even Halley’s Comet (although that needed binoculars for a good look).
Last weekend, on a moonless night, west of the Blue Mountains, I saw the Milky Way in all its glory. I saw all seven stars in the Pleiades. And I spotted the Magellenic Clouds. That was the first time for about five years I’d seen such a spectacular sky.
Twenty per cent of the world’s population can no longer see the Milky Way from where they live. I really miss it.