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Star Count 2020

11th February 2020

Dorset CPRE is inviting everyone to take part in Star Count 2020 (21-28 February) to help map our magical dark skies.

Cosmic census gets the nation counting stars

Star Count 2020, organised by the CPRE gives people the opportunity to become ‘citizen scientists’ by taking part in a cosmic census that will help to map our dark skies.

The nationwide Star Count, which is also supported by the British Astronomical Association, takes place between Friday 21 February to Friday 28 February. Stargazers, whether in town or countryside, will be asked to count the number of stars they can see (with the naked eye) within the constellation of Orion, which is only visible in the winter months and submit their count on our website at

Dark night skies are a special quality of the Dorset AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and contribute to the areas sense of tranquillity and remoteness. A combination of clear night skies and low levels of light pollution make Dorset one of the best places in the country for stargazing.

Dark skies are also important for the health and wellbeing of people and animals. Too much artificial light can impact our sleep, disrupt nature’s natural cycles and confuse wildlife. In addition to helping the nation reconnect with the wonder of a starry sky, CPRE will use the data to lobby local councils to make changes to reduce the impact of artificial light.


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