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2020 Star Count

Thursday, 20 February 2020 12:47

To celebrate our starry skies and to help to protect our view of the stars, we’re inviting the nation to become ‘citizen scientists’ and take part in Star Count – a cosmic census that will help map our view of the stars and the impact of light pollution across the country.

We’re asking stargazers to count the number of stars they can see (with the naked eye) within the constellation of Orion, and submit their count on our website at

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 near a big town or city. Just 2% of people in England experience ‘truly dark skies’.

Dark skies are also important for the health and wellbeing of people and animals. Too much artificial light can impact our sleep, disrupt nature’s natural cycles and confuse wildlife.

In addition to helping the nation reconnect with the wonder of a starry sky, we’ll use the data to lobby local councils to make changes to reduce the impact of artificial light.

What you can do

It would be fantastic if could take part in our national Star Count, between 21st and 28th February. Find information on how to take part, and record your results at https://www.cpre.org.uk/starcount. For information of local Stargazing events, look at our Events page.

For more information on CPRE Avonside’s Starry Skies campaign, visit our Starry Skies Campaign page

If you’re interested in finding out more about light pollution, including using our Night Blight map to search light pollution levels where you live, or in your favourite area of countryside, visit our dedicated website at https://www.nightblight.cpre.org.uk/

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