This is Star Count week!

You might be disappointed by cloud tonight but you've got the whole week to join us in our nationwide #StarCount, a survey of the darkest and most light-polluted skies ...... it's simple and fun to take part and your answers will help us map the skies and show where we need to tackle light pollution....see last year's map ...

 It's very simple - the first instruction is the hardest!

  1. Try to pick a clear night for your count, with no haze or clouds, then wait until after 7pm so the sky is really dark.
  2. Looking south into the night sky, find the Orion constellation, with its four corners and ‘three-star belt’.  (Photo by Simon Godfrey on Unsplash)
  3. Let your eyes adjust to the darkness – the longer you wait, the better – then count the number of stars you can see within the rectangle made by the four corner stars (as in the picture). Don’t count the corners, but if you can see them, do count the three stars in the middle – the belt.
  4. Make a note of the number of stars seen with the naked eye (not with telescopes or binoculars) and then submit your count results here.
  5. In a few weeks you can check back to see the national results and how Herefordshire compares to the rest of the country.

 Get your friends and family across the country to take part as well........with your help, the more we know the more we can do!