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Newbury stargazers enlisted for star count

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The Downs area of West Berkshire is the advised 'seeing' area in Star Count Week

STARGAZERS in Newbury have been enlisted to take part in a star count.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England, working alongside the British Astronomical Association's Campaign for Dark Skies, is once again running Star Count Week this week from January 31 until February 6, a week in which there is no moon in the sky to interfere.

In West Berkshire, the Downs area is the advised ‘seeing' area, as in the more urban areas skyglow can limit vision.

People are being asked to count stars in the constellation of Orion, which can be seen in the west at this time of year.

Gazers are asked to make a count of the number of stars seen on any night with the naked eye - not with binoculars or telescope - and then enter the information on the electronic form on the website, which can be found by clicking the link below.

The results will be used to produce a star count map of the UK, which will illustrate how light pollution levels are affecting the view of the night sky.

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