Take part in CPRE Star Count

Star Count is our project which asks people across the country to look up to the sky and count the stars within the Orion constellation. No equipment needed, you just count the stars with the naked eye. You can do this from your garden, balcony, doorstep or window, and whether you live in a town, city or rural area. Once you’ve done your count you just log in to the CPRE website and log your number. The numbers are then crunched by our national office and they will produce a national map showing where in the country our darkest and starriest skies are, and where there is most light pollution ie. areas with fewest visible stars.

It’s a great lockdown activity for children and their families, and it runs from 6-14 February.

We have an activity pack for children which includes instructions on taking part, a viewfinder to view the stars through, a star shaped cookie recipe and word search, which I can send to you. We also have some free online workshops – some for younger children (KS1 and 2) and some for older children and adults. We can send you details of those when they’re available if you’d like.

More info is on our website here so do take a look: https://www.cpreglos.org.uk/get-involved/events-2021/star-count-6-14-february-2021/

Here are our top tips for a brilliant Star Count evening:

    1. Make a note of the dates, 6-14 February 2021, and keep an eye on the weather forecasts as the week approaches. Remember: safety and health are the most important things, so stay at home for your star counting this year.
    2. Try to pick a clear night for your count, with no haze or clouds, then wait until after 7pm so that the sky is really dark. Turn off all the lights in your house, too, to make it easier to see the stars.
    3. Looking south into the night sky, find the Orion constellation, with its four corners and ‘belt’.
    4. Take a few moments to let your eyes adjust, then 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.
    6. Share your experiences (and any photos) with others on social media using #StarCount
    7. And don’t forget to check back here to see the national results and how your area compares to the rest of the country.

We’d love if you would help us to spread the word by sharing this link on your social media channels: https://www.cpreglos.org.uk/get-involved/events-2021/star-count-6-14-february-2021/