Star Count 2019

Help us reclaim our dark skies

How to take part in Star Count:

Tell us how many stars you can see inside the constellation of Orion. On a clear night, after 7pm so the sky is really dark, take a few moments to let your eyes adjust, then simply count the number of stars you can see within the rectangle made by the four corner stars of Orion. You should not count the corners, but you can count the three stars in the middle – the belt (see picture).

You can do this from anywhere in England, between Saturday 2 February and Saturday 23 February. 

To give you an idea, if you see less than 10 stars, this indicates severe light pollution, and if you can see over 30 stars, you're looking at a truly dark sky!

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