CEDAR CITY -- Gazing skyward from his backyard, longtime southern Utah resident Abe Heck used to marvel at the Milky Way. Now he can't even see it.
"I could see nebulas through the telescope in town," he said. "Now you have to drive to the mountains or the desert to see a decent picture of the night sky."
Under natural moonless conditions, the National Park Service said it is easy in some areas to see one's shadow from the glow of Venus or Jupiter and, in some cases, from the Milky Way. But the superintendent of nearby Cedar Breaks National Monument said urban development could wash away the night sky with bright lights.
Superintendent Paul Roelandt warned that urban growth projections show in 10 years, stars would no longer be visible even at Zion National Park.
"As urbanization increases, so will the lights," he told The Spectrum of St. George (http://bit.ly/n7QKgr). "If we don't get smart with how we use the lights, then it's not far-fetched to say that we won't be able to see stars."