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Help needed to monitor skies

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 21, 2014

star forming area in the Milky Way

star forming area in the Milky Way

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ASHBOURNE stargazers are being invited to help with a survey monitoring the impact of light pollution on the night skies.

The Peak District Dark Skies Group is asking people to join in an annual star survey by assessing the brightness of the constellation Orion over the Peak District National Park.

Orion – the hunter – is one of the wonders of the night sky in this early part of the year and can be recognized by his ‘belt’ of three bright stars in a line with a smaller ‘dagger’ of three stars below.

On clear nights up to Sunday, February 2 people are being asked to identify Orion and, using the star charts available online, record details of where they were and which chart best matches what they could see.

Spokesman Sue Smith said: “We’d be really grateful for people’s help with our ‘Orion in the Peak’ project.”

Further information is available online at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/darkskies

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