Fine Structure

Before the Milky Way Fades From the Sky

Cosmos magazine is reporting that light pollution has caused over one-fifth of the human population to lose their ability to see the Milky Way with the unaided eye. Now, obviously the Milky Way doesn't just blink out of existence as light pollution increases, it just gets fainter and fainter on a lighter sky background and I would guess that this study is a very liberal interpretation of those who have completely "lost" their ability to see the Milky Way.

That said, seeing the Milky Way in the complete darkness is a very different thing to seeing it faintly on a bright sky. I would highly suggest getting out to a low-light pollution area to see the Milky Way before it really does disappear from the sky - and it will, eventually. ]