5 simple steps you can follow to take part in Star Count

Count the Stars between Saturday 26 February and Sunday 6 March 2022.

Star Count 2022 has kicked off! CPRE (Campaign for Rural England), the countryside charity,  are again asking for your help in looking up at the heavens. Can you help them by counting stars to measure our dark skies?

Here are 5 simple steps you can follow to take part in Star Count :

1. Try to pick a clear night for your count, and wait until after 7pm so the sky is really dark.

2. Let your eyes adjust (the longer you wait, the better - we recommend at least 20 minutes). 

3. Look south (the way satellite dishes point) and find the Orion constellation, with its four corners and three-star 'belt’. 

4. Count the number of stars you can see within the rectangle made by the four corner stars. Don’t count the corner stars, but you can 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 to the CPRE website.

Here's an image to help you find Orion.


How to do a Star Count

🔭 You can submit a count from anywhere in the UK that you did between Saturday 26 February and Sunday 6 March 2022.

⭐ If you saw 10 stars or fewer, this indicates severe light pollution. Saw more than 30 stars? Lucky you, you're looking at a truly dark sky!


Share your experiences (and any photos) with others on social media using #StarCount.