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Star Light, Star Not-So-Bright: Astrotourists Stymied By Wildfire Smoke

 The Milky Way Galaxy over Mexican Hat Rock, Utah.
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The Milky Way Galaxy over Mexican Hat Rock, Utah.

People often love the night sky in our region. There’s less light pollution and you can see more stars. That is, until wildfire season. The smoke from those fires filters starlight and sometimes blots it out completely. That could mean fewer stargazing tourists venture into our region to take in a nighttime view of the galaxy. 

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Madelyn Beck is Boise State Public Radio's regional reporter with the Mountain West News Bureau. She's from Montana but has reported everywhere from North Dakota to Alaska to Washington, D.C. Her last few positions included covering energy resources in Wyoming and reporting on agriculture/rural life issues in Illinois.