Light pollution is the presence of excessive or unwanted artificial lighting. It can be a source of annoyance to people, harmful to wildlife, and undermine the enjoyment of the night sky.
The effects of light pollution on how we see the sky at night are dramatic. From a light-polluted town or city, it’s possible to see a handful of stars, while it’s possible to see thousands of stars in a clear unpolluted sky.
We collated light pollution data from UK cities to establish the best UK cities for stargazing.
Three of the four capitals of the United Kingdom have made it onto our list, but It’s no surprise that Manchester or London didn’t make it!
The table below shows the 10 top cities in the UK for stargazing determined by the levels of light pollution in the night sky.