CPRE and the Campaign for Dark Skies are asking people across the United Kingdom to take part in their star count week, H&C has learned. We want to find out which part of the country has the darkest skies and where the most stars can be seen.
By taking part in their star count, you will be helping them to highlight the problem of light pollution which is spoiling the natural beauty of the night sky.
You can choose any night during the week between 31 January and 6 February, one where there is no haze so you have the best chance of seeing stars. It will get dark from 7.00pm.
CPRE are asking people to count stars within the constellation of Orion to the west. The main area of the constellation is bounded by four bright stars – visit their website to find out how to identify Orion. Make a count of the number of stars you can see with the naked eye (not with telescopes). Complete the survey form at www.cpre.org.uk/campaigns/landscape/light-pollution/start-count-week-2011 so they can plot the results on our star count map which they will publish on our website.