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What can we see in the sky?

If people living in towns in England today look up at the sky, if it is not too cloudy or smoky they may see

What we see in the Night Sky varies hour by hour, day by day, month by month and year by year. So if we want to know what we can see in the sky on any particular night we need a special Night Sky map. You can download this special map from the BBC Sky at Night web site, and also lots of other places - this Map is updated on the 1st of each month.

Until about two hundred and fifty years ago most people in England lived in villages rather than towns and the air was much cleaner and there were no street lights. Children then would have seen far more stars than we can, all night every night. The Night Sky is still one of the most wonderful sights in the whole world if you see it away from towns with their street lights and polluted air - it is best of all in the desert.

© Barry Gray May 2007