Star gazing

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars” – Oscar Wilde

As part of its “Dark skies” campaign, CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) is running a survey called “Star Count 2019”

Getting involved is simple – all you have to do is look up at the night sky and count how many stars you can see within the constellation of Orion. You can do this from anywhere in England between Saturday 2 February and Saturday 23 February, but your best opportunity is the week of 2-9 February, when the skies will be darkest.

Your results will help CPRE create a map showing the best places to enjoy the stars. And it will also support CPRE’s work to combat light pollution and reclaim our dark skies.

Full instructions are here.

You can also note your results in the comments box below.  It would be interesting to know how well Brightling is doing on the dark skies scale.