There’s too much artificial light at night to see stars. That’s a problem

TWENTY YEARS AGO, I fell in love with a city girl. We were both students at the University of Missouri. She was from Des Moines, population 200,000. I was from St. Elizabeth, Mo., a rural town of 300. She told me about growing up downtown; I regaled her with tales of driving gravel roads at night, and looking at the stars.

“I’ve seen stars before,” she said.

I replied, “Not like this, you haven’t.”

To illustrate my point, one clear evening I drove her through Columbia’s

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