Herefordshire Star Count results

More than twice as many Herefordshire stargazers joined our annual Star Count in February to pinpoint wonderful starry skies - or badly light-polluted ones.  A great result, despite the fact that star counting was confined to home or garden this year, under lockdown rules.

Sadly, the table of results tells us there were fewer truly dark skies seen and more records where too much home or street lighting, of poor design, filled the sky and hid the beauty of a starry sky.  A look at our interactive map shows that stargazers in the west and south of the county had the most chance of enjoying 

We can reduce light pollution not only by cutting down on the amount and duration of street, outdoor and traffic lights but also designing and locating them more carefully.

Photo by Simon Godfrey on Unsplash