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Stargazers invited to join Cumbria event

Posted 19 January 2011
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Stargazers have been invited to don warm winter jackets and join a trek up a hill in Cumbria to see how many stars can be sighted above the county's skies.

Friends of the Lake District is arranging a special hike for the purpose on February 3rd, climbing Scout Scar near its Kendal headquarters.

The trek is being undertaken as part of the UK Dark Skies project, amid concern that fewer stars can be seen due to increasing levels of light pollution.

Warm clothing and hiking boots may be particularly useful as any winter night when the skies are clear will be colder than if there is cloud cover.

The UK Dark Skies Project runs from January 31st to February 6th, but those who want to be certain of encountering a clear vista of the heavens can do so a little further north than Cumbria.

Galloway Forest Park in southern Scotland has enjoyed official recognition form astronomers around the world through its Dark Sky Park status, the only UK location to enjoy this.