Make your North Pennines star count between 8 and 16 February
Help support the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership and national dark skies by seeing how many stars you can count in the night sky.
CPRE Star Count
From the 8th to the 16th of February, people from across the UK will be counting the number of stars visible within the body of the constellation of Orion. This yearly event is organised by Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and the British Astronomical Association, who work to highlight the importance of dark skies in Britain. Every year the results are mapped, demonstrating where the darkest skies can be found, and where there are problems of light pollution.
Do your bit!
Beck Baker, Conservation and Land Management Trainee at the North Pennines AONB Partnership, said: “In previous years there have been a low number of counts recorded in the North Pennines. Please do your bit this year and submit your star count. Your support is valuable in greatly improving the amount of data for this fabulous area.”
Beck added: “We’ve recently been looking at sites across the North Pennines with a view to getting them officially recognised as Dark Sky Discovery Sites (www.darkskydiscovery.org.uk). Increasing the number of star counts will help us in this work and will ultimately contribute to getting the AONB the recognition it deserves as a great place to stargaze.”
It’s easy to do, and it takes two minutes. No equipment is needed, just your eyes and a view to the sky.
Win a telescope…
And, there’s an added bonus, by submitting your star count, you could be in with a chance to win a telescope! CPRE are giving away a telescope to one lucky star counter, and ten runners up will receive the Stargazers’ Almanac for 2013.
To find out how to complete the star count and how to submit your records visit www.cpre.org.uk.
Dark Sky Discovery Sites
For more information about nominating Dark Sky Discovery Sites in the North Pennines please contact Beck Baker at the AONB Partnership Staff Unit on 01388 528801 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Released: 02 February 2013