Even though we have had clear skies this week, chances are you can't see the Milky Way at night because the glare from city lights washes out all but the brightest stars where most people live.
A smattering of Northwest cities and counties are taking action by passing new rules for outdoor lighting. It's not all about the stars. And some people take a dim view of light regulation.
Once you're aware of obnoxious lighting, you'll "know it when you see it," says David Ginther. He's the senior planner for the City of Tumwater, Wash.