The skies above Lytham St. Anne’s may currently appear a more intense shade of blue during the day – but look into the sky at on a clear night. Less air pollution + less light pollution has increased the number of stars visible in a clear night sky. This has been proven to be true in February’s annual star count, the results being the best in eight years.
Following the 2021 Annual Star Count, which this year involved almost 8,000 people, Chief Executive of the organising Countryside Charity, the CPRE, Crispin Truman said: ‘Looking up at a starry night sky is a magical sight and one that we believe everyone should be able to experience, wherever they live. And the great thing is, light pollution is one of the easiest kinds of pollution to reverse – by ensuring well-designed lighting is used only where and when needed, and that there is strong national and local government policy. I’m delighted to see severe light pollution in the UK appears to have fallen. It’s likely this is an unintended positive consequence of lockdown, as our night-time habits have changed. Let’s hope we can hold on to some of this achievement as we come out of lockdown.’