Friday 8 February 2013
Enjoying a starry sky on a clear night is one of the joys of life, and it's one of the many aspects of the natural beauty of protected landscapes like the Chilterns. But the problem of light pollution is a growing one, and fewer and fewer people are able to enjoy proper dark night skies where they live.
To find out where the country's darkest skies are, and track the issue of light pollution, the Campaign to Protect Rural England runs an annual Star Count week, and this year's is taking place now, from 8th - 16th February. They are asking everyone to take 5 minutes during this week to go outside at night and count how many stars you can see within the 4 corner points of the constellation of Orion, the great hunter. Enter your count on CPRE's website and you'll be in with a chance to win a telescope, enabling you to see lots more stars!
Once all the counts are in CPRE will publish the results and compare them with previous years to see if light pollution is affecting more of our skies.
You don't need a telescope to take part. Visit CPRE's Star Count 2013 page for more details on how to take part.