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Be a stargazer – join the CPRE Star Count 2022

8th February 2022

Count the stars you can see in the Orion Constellation any night from 26 February to 6 March.

CPRE runs an annual star count, helping us to see where light pollution is a problem and where the darkest skies are. We use this evidence to advocate for better-controlled lighting, and we offer advice about what we can all do to reduce local light pollution.

You can help by counting the stars from wherever you have a clear view without light pollution.

The South Downs National Park is one of the best places in England for star gazing. It was awarded International Dark Sky Reserve status in 2016. Two-thirds of the park has skies so dark that you’ll get brilliant views of the Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy. Stargazing hotspots include Devil’s Dyke, Ditchling Beacon and Birling Gap.

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Get a free activity pack for children. It’s packed with activities to inspire little ones with the wonder of the night sky, and full of fun facts about why humans and animals need dark skies.