UK star count shows drop in light pollution under lockdown

Highest proportion of participants since 2013 saw 30 or more stars in Orion constellation

The number of stars visible in the skies above Britain increased in this year’s annual count, indicating a lessening of light pollution in lockdown.

CPRE, the countryside charity, said 51% of people taking part in its citizen science count in February noted 10 or fewer stars in the Orion constellation, indicating severe light pollution. During the same period in 2020, before the first lockdown, 61% of counts registered 10 or fewer stars.

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