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How dark is your night sky? An observer’s guide

When I was a young boy growing up in New York City, I would always look forward to those occasions when our family visited my Aunt Irma and Uncle Ron.  

Irma and Ron lived in Mahopac, New York, 42 miles (69 kilometers) north of the bright lights of midtown Manhattan. From my home in the Bronx, I always had difficulty seeing very many stars. On many nights, for instance, I had trouble seeing Megrez, the star in the Big Dipper that joins the bowl with the handle.  

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