CHESHIRE stargazers are being asked to help map light pollution across the UK.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and the British Astronomical Association’s Campaign for Dark Skies are calling for ‘citizen scientists’ to take part in Star Count Week.
From January 20-27 stargazers will be asked to count the number of stars they can see within the constellation of Orion with the naked eye.
Information gathered during the 2011 Star Count week last January showed only eight per cent of participants could see more than 20 stars and just one per cent of people had truly dark skies, seeing 30 or more stars.
Becca Nelson, of CPRE Cheshire, said: “It’s easy to take part – you can do your Star Count from 7pm onwards, on any day of the week, but preferably on one where there is no haze so you have the best chance of seeing the stars.”
CPRE will plot the results on its Star Count map and publish this on their website in the coming months which can be compared to the Star Count maps of 2007 and 2011.
To complete the survey, upload your results to www. surveymonkey.com/s/starcount-2012.