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Take part in CPRE’s Star Count 26 February – 6 March 2022

CPRE Norfolk
By CPRE Norfolk
7th February 2022

Let’s get counting!

To celebrate the wonder of starry skies, take part in CPRE’s Star Count, a cosmic census to map our view of the night sky. It’s taking place between 26 February – 6 March.

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 5% of people in the UK experience ‘truly dark skies’.

That’s why we’re counting the stars.

Join in by choosing a clear night between 26 February – 6 March 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.

How many stars can you see in Orion
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 and can help more of us experience the beauty of a starry sky.

Light pollution impacts our experience of the natural wonder of the night sky, blurs the distinction between town and countryside, and disrupts wildlife. CPRE’s Night Blight maps show that just 22% of England is untouched by light pollution, and our 2021 count revealed that 51% of participants live with severe light pollution.

Register NOW to take part and submit your results at https://www.cpre.org.uk/starcount

Count the stars in the constellation of Orion

Take part in Star Count 2022
A footpath alongside a hedgerow and farmland in the Norfolk countryside