Isles of Scilly - AONB

Big Scilly Star Count 2014

The Isles of Scilly AONB Partnership isĀ pleased to announce the dates for the Big Scilly Star Count 2014.

Stargazing

Coinciding with the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and British Astronomical Association’s nationwide Star Count 2014, the Big Scilly Star Count hopes to encourage as many Islander’s as possible to take part in mapping Scilly’s fantastic dark night skies. This is the third time the event has been promoted, by the AONB Partnership, across the Islands.

The Big Scilly Star Count will take place between February 26th and March 8th 2014. The Big Star Count requires participants to count as many stars, as they can, with the naked eye, within the Orion constellation. The results can be entered online at www.cpre.org.uk/starcount. By doing so, you could be in with the chance of winning a fantastic, brand-new telescope!

Rebecca Steggles (AONB Assistant) said ‘The Big Scilly Star Count allows everyone in Scilly the opportunity to get out and enjoy Scilly’s dark night skies. By taking part and mapping Scilly’s dark night skies you are helping to measure light pollution levels in Scilly and across the country. Scilly has relatively dark skies compared to some areas, mainly due to the lack of light pollution, however, Scilly is not immune to light pollution increases and so it is important to help measure any changes over time. The AONB Partnership hopes that as many people as possible, from across the Islands, will take part’

The AONB Partnership is working with the Council of the Isles of Scilly’s Life Long Learning team and local astronomer Steve Sims, to organise a Big Star Count walk on March 3rd 2014 as part of the week-long star count event. The walk will start at 7p.m from the Old Wesleyan Chapel, finishing around 9p.m with hot chocolate available afterwards.

Download theĀ Information Sheet so you can take part.

If you would like more information on how to take part in the Big Scilly Star Count, please contact the Isles of Scilly AONB Staff Unit on 01720 424315, or email aonb@scilly.gov.uk. Follow the AONB Partnership on Twitter @ScillyAONB and on Facebook for all the latest information.

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