Perhaps this will illuminate your mind (pun intended) as to why Australia, Russia, Alaska, and the Western US are all favorite sites for Astronomical Observation.
Here is NYC, holding the record of worst light pollution in the world, at night. At NIGHT! This is a time-capture photo specifically designed to reveal what is known as sky-glow.
This Adonis of the sky, my darling ORION is shown here at left from dark skies and at right from within the Provo/Orem, UT area. Note the nebula in the sword below his belt, and the yellow shoulder-star is Betelgeuse (beetle-juice) a Red-Giant star.