We are in the 1 percent, folks.
At least, many of us in the rural Dakotas are, when the thing being measured is our view of the night sky.
That’s according to a study published in the journal Science Advances in June, which found that 99 percent of people in the United States live under light-polluted skies.
“The Milky Way is hidden from more than one-third of humanity, including 60% of Europeans and nearly 80% of North Americans,” according to the abstract of “The new world atlas of artificial night sky brightness.”
When it comes to having a view that allows us to contemplate our place in the universe, we are truly in an exceptional place.
— Heidi Marttila-Losure