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Star Count 2022 – Let’s get counting!

By Becky Collier

To celebrate the wonder of starry skies, take part in CPRE’s Star Count, a cosmic census to map our view of the night sky. It’s taking place between 26 February – 6 March.

 

A star-filled sky is one of the most magical sights you can see in our countryside and the stars have inspired art and culture for thousands of years. But too often, light pollution means that many of us can’t see the stars, especially if we live in or near a big town or city. Just 5% of people in the UK experience ‘truly dark skies’.

That’s why we’re counting the stars. Join in by choosing a clear night between 26 February – 6 March and counting the number of stars you can see within the constellation of Orion. It’s easy to do, and you don’t need a telescope or any equipment.

Your results will help CPRE create an interactive map of the nation’s view of the night sky, and where light pollution is at its worst, so local councils can take action. It’s a family-friendly activity that’s quick and easy to do and can help more of us experience the beauty of a starry sky.

Sign up for Star Count