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Fears over soaring energy costs reduce light pollution, Star Count suggests

Fears over soaring energy costs reduce light pollution, Star Count suggests

Tuesday 17 May 2022

A significant reduction in severe light pollution levels, first recorded during lockdown last year, has continued, according to the results of a nationwide star count. Despite lockdown being well and truly behind us, there does not appear to have been a corresponding increase in light levels from outdoor and street lighting. The ‘lockdown legacy’ of […] Read more >

Public asked to become citizen scientists in annual Star Count to map light pollution in our skies

Public asked to become citizen scientists in annual Star Count to map light pollution in our skies

Monday 28 February 2022

People are being asked to take part in the annual Star Count to record how clear our view is of the night sky. CPRE, the countryside charity, is working with the British Astronomical Association’s Commission for Dark Skies to map light pollution levels across the country. In the biggest citizen science project of its kind […] Read more >

Our stolen night skies

Our stolen night skies

Thursday 19 August 2021

We humans seem preconditioned to take rather than give back – perhaps nowhere is this more evident than when it comes to nature and our dark skies. Dark skies are more than just pretty stars in the sky or moonlit trees on a clear night. As romantic as that sounds, the darkness we inexplicably try […] Read more >

Dramatic reduction in light pollution during lockdown, Star Count reveals

Dramatic reduction in light pollution during lockdown, Star Count reveals

Wednesday 7 April 2021

A nationwide Star Count conducted in February has revealed a significant drop in light pollution levels across the UK. Almost 8,000 counts were submitted from February 6-14 in the annual citizen-science project that asks people to count the number of stars they see in the Orion constellation. A total of 51 per cent of people […] Read more >

Tick tock! Time is running out to join Star Count

Tick tock! Time is running out to join Star Count

Friday 12 February 2021

This year’s Star Count ends on Sunday (February 14). Although there have been occasional clear spells, the cloud that brought snow to much of eastern England this week has made conditions for stargazing far from ideal. So, if you haven’t yet been able to take part in the count, do pop your head out every […] Read more >

Watch The One Show on BBC tonight and enjoy a feature on Star Count

Watch The One Show on BBC tonight and enjoy a feature on Star Count

Wednesday 10 February 2021

Star Count 2021 launched on Saturday and hundreds of people have already taken part. The week-long event, organised by CPRE, the countryside charity, and the British Astronomical Association, has received widespread coverage on TV and radio and in the written media. And now we can announce that Star Count will be featured on The One […] Read more >

Star Count can inspire us in lockdown… and it’s fun

Star Count can inspire us in lockdown… and it’s fun

Wednesday 27 January 2021

Running out of ideas to keep the family busy during lockdown? If so, CPRE’s Star Count provides the ideal solution. Next month – from Saturday, February 6, to Sunday, February 14 – CPRE, the countryside charity, is asking us all to choose a clear night, look skywards and see how many stars we can spot […] Read more >

Be a star… join this year’s Star Count

Be a star… join this year’s Star Count

Thursday 14 January 2021

This year’s Star Count is being held next month. From Saturday, February 6, to Sunday, February 14, CPRE, the countryside charity, is asking citizen scientists – that’s all of us! – to choose a clear night, look to the skies and see how many stars we can spot within Orion. If you don’t know where […] Read more >

Thousands join Star Count 2020 to show the value of dark skies

Thousands join Star Count 2020 to show the value of dark skies

Friday 29 May 2020

In February, more than 2,400 people across the country took part in a star-counting survey run by CPRE, the countryside charity. By counting the number of stars visible in the constellation of Orion, it helps build up a picture of the nation’s views of the night sky. CPRE believes that a star-filled night sky is […] Read more >

Be a star… go outside with a brew and count the stars

Be a star… go outside with a brew and count the stars

Wednesday 26 February 2020

This week, CPRE, the countryside charity, is inviting everyone to join in with Star Count 2020, a fun and easy way to enjoy the wonders of the universe. By simply counting the number of stars they can see in the Orion constellation up until Friday, February 28, those taking part will help map the best […] Read more >

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