From Emma Marrington, CPRE <[email protected]>
Subject Star Count is live!
Date February 6, 2021 10:46 AM
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Hi John

Star Count is now open for submissions!

Doing a count is simple - whether you live in town or country, just look to the
night sky from tonight until 14 February and tell us how many stars you can see
within the constellation of Orion.

It's an activity you can do at home and a great way to connect to nature during
lockdown. Will you take part?

Click the button below to find out everything you need to know.

All you need to know
[[link removed]]We think that everyone deserves the opportunity to view a pristine night sky,
filled with stars, and dark skies are a defining characteristic of our

But sadly, light pollution means most people in England can’t see many stars at
all, especially if you live in or near a big town or city.

Less than 3% of people that took part last year enjoyed ‘truly dark skies’.

Star Count helps us find out where is best and worst for seeing the stars, and
by showing on a map where light pollution is most serious, we can work with
local councils and others to tackle it.

So, your count could help others to enjoy the stars in the future!

Yes, I'll take part
[[link removed]]Here are 5 simple steps you can follow to take part in Star Count

1. Try to pick a clear night for your count, and wait until after 7pm so the sky
is really dark. Please do your Star Count from home only. This could be your
garden, balcony, doorstep or bedroom window.

2. Turn off all the lights in your home and let your eyes adjust (the longer you
wait, the better).

3. Look south (the way satellite dishes point) and find the Orion constellation,
with its four corners and three-star 'belt’.

4. Count the number of stars you can see within the rectangle made by the four
corner stars. Don’t count the corner stars, but you can count the three stars in
the middle – the belt.

5. Make a note of the number of stars seen with the naked eye (not with
telescopes or binoculars) and then submit your count on our website
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Here's an image to help you find Orion.

Share your experiences (and any photos) with others on social media using #StarCount.

We hope you enjoy taking a moment to stare up at the stars and ponder the beauty
of the night sky.

Happy stargazing!

Best wishes,


Emma Marrington
Dark skies campaigner

PS: If you’ve already done a star count, you can submit it using our handy form
[[link removed]] . Please don’t travel to do a Star Count. We’d like you to take part from home

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