Why not take part in the Big Star Count 2013 and find out how dark the skies above Scilly really are?
The Isles of Scilly Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership is encouraging local residents, and visitors to Scilly, to measure the darkness of Scilly’s skies. Big Scilly Star Count 2013 is part of a nation-wide initiative led by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and the British Astronomical Association’s Campaign for Dark Skies. The aim is to measure light pollution levels across the UK.
In 2012 the AONB Partnership promoted this initiative with results indicating that Scilly’s dark skies are comparable with other protected landscapes, such as Exmoor National Park. This year the AONB Partnership would like even more people to take part, particularly on the Off-Islands, to help monitor changes in light pollution levels across the AONB.
How to take part
The Big Star Count runs from February 8th to 16th 2013. You can collect your results any night during this time. It is best to head out when the skies are clear and when it is sufficiently dark (anytime from 7pm onwards should be fine).
The aim is to count all the stars in the constellation of Orion that are visible to the naked eye.
For more information on how to take part, please pick up a Star Count 2013 Information Sheet from the Town Hall One Stop Shop or the Tourist Information Centre in Hugh Town, St Mary’s. If on the Off-Islands, please pop into your local store.
Alternatively, please download the information sheet here.
A Big Star Count 2013 Walk is also part of this initiative, in collaboration with the Council of the Isles of Scilly’s Life Long Learning team. Local astronomers will be joining the walk to point out the stars, planets and constellations visible in the night sky, as well as helping us in the Big Star Count.
The Walk is being held on 12th February 2013 from 7.00pm-9.00pm. Please can those wishing to join meet in the Carn Thomas Car Park from 7 pm. Please bring sturdy footwear and a torch. All under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information please contact Rebecca Steggles (AONB Assistant)