Well living here we all knew that the night skies are pretty dark, but according to the results of a national star count survey conducted by CPRE in February 2019, Luddington in the Brook has the darkest skies in the whole of the East of the UK.
A record 2,300 people joined in this year’s count, and the results show how badly affected by light pollution many areas are. The survey asked participants to count how many stars they could see in the constellation of Orion with the naked eye.
Some of the most notable findings include:
- Well over half of people (57%) failed to see more than ten stars, indicating severe light pollution.
- Only 9% of respondents experienced ‘dark skies’, counting between 21 and 30 stars.
- Just 2% experienced ‘truly dark skies’ and were able to count more than 30 stars. Luddington in the Brook falls within this category
The results of the survey can be found here.