When I was much younger growing up in Vermont, I decided that I would learn the constellations in my sky. Since there wasn’t much light pollution, I was able to see the milky way as I laid on my back with my start chart in hand.
Since then, I have lived in near major cities and the opportunities to see the milky way again were very few. Below is a photo looking east over Plum Island with Ipswich to the right and Newburyport to the left. We get a lot of air traffic over head as the plans come and go from Boston Logan, about 30 miles south.
Here is the milky way going over the trees to the south of the house.
Looking straight up, the milky way can be seen. There are thousands and thousands of stars just in this one little slice of the sky.
Some people feel small when they look up in the sky. Not me. I feel lucky.