My name is Matt Dieterich and I am passionate about night sky photography. When I first witnessed dark night skies in Colorado during June 2008 I was instantly hooked. The experience of being outside at night under thousands of stars with the Milky Way strewn across the sky is remarkable. Growing up in Pittsburgh, PA I did not know what truly dark skies were. Currently, bright city lights continue to degrade the night sky to the point where nearly 75 % of society cannot view the Milky Way from where they live. I hope my astrophotography can make a difference in preserving our wonderful starry skies for future generations to enjoy.