I have always loved the stars. Five years ago, I suddenly desired to become a semiserious amateur stargazer. So, I bought two pairs of binoculars, a 10x50 and a 12x70, and headed five miles outside of Las Vegas to test them. I was really upset, because I could only see between 50 and 100 stars in the night sky. I could not figure out what happened to the stars of my childhood. I knew Las Vegas had a serious light pollution problem, but I did not realize that the city had a glow that illuminated as far as 200 miles away—a glow that can reach the Grand Canyon, according to the Spring 2010 issue of National Parks. The Southwest is the best region for stargazing, and some cities and National Parks have received the Dark-Sky Award, but not Las Vegas and all the cities and towns within a 200-mile radius of it. The pictures are from the Hubble site mostly and MSNBC.