We in Southern Arizona should be well up on the advantages of appreciating and protecting our dark sky, given that Astronomy is such an important industry in the state. No one likes to feel unsafe at night, but the havoc created by all the artificial lights of our towns and cities cannot be minimized.

According to information on the MAG Dark Sky Stakeholders group site, the Phoenix metropolitan area can be seen from the International Space Station — and that is not a good thing.