Star Count and Star Gazing
Connecting with the sky!
In February 2023, the countryside charity Campaign for Rural England (CPRE) has its annual Star Count from 17th to 24th February. In 2022, thousands of people took part and counted the stars in the night sky. CPRE are asking us all to save the date and help celebrate our dark skies.
The results will help CPRE map where star-spotters are enjoying dark skies. By showing where light pollution is most serious, CPRE can work with local councils and other organisations and decide what to do about it, so that they can rewild the skies!
Light pollution affects wildlife and their natural patterns, so this is an important count. You can watch out for the sounds of the night, too!
The Star Count results...
The results from 2022 suggest that star count participants had their best views of the skies since 2011! Over 2,500 people took part. CPRE think that working from home and concerns over rising energy bills have reduced a lockdown legacy and that's led to clearer night skies. Turning off garden lights, encouraging local councils and businesses to dim their lights at night - this will all help reduce carbon emissions, cut energy bills and improve the environment for wildlife and people.
Campaign against light pollution
CPRE has interactive maps of England’s light pollution and dark skies and ways to take action against local light pollution.
They’ve got 5 ways you can tackle local light pollution. It’s important to wildlife, too, because light pollution disturbs their natural patterns.
Star Count helps show the need for action and gives everyone the chance to enjoy the beauty and magic of a wonderful starry night, wherever you are!
Have a go at stargazing!
Red Letter Days have stargazing experiences which would make great gift ideas!
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