Star Count 2021 – take part from home

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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 stars. It’s taking place between 6-14 February.


This year we’re asking everyone to take part from home. You can take part from your garden, balcony, doorstep or even bedroom window!

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 3% of people in England experience ‘truly dark skies’.

That’s why we’re counting the stars. Join in by choosing a clear night between 6-14 February 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, even during lockdown, and can help more of us experience the beauty of a starry sky.

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