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2020 Star Count: 21st – 28th February

9th February 2020

To celebrate the wonder of starry skies, take part in our national Star Count, a cosmic census to map our view of the stars. It’s taking place between 21st and 28th February.

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’.

Light from buildings, roads and other sources can also affect wildlife, disrupt natural cycles and confuse insects and animals.

That’s why we’re counting the stars. Join in by choosing a clear night between 21-28 February 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.

Your results will help us 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.

Take part:

Four people stargazing silhouetted against the milky way
Starry skies are one of the most magical sights the countryside can offer iStock