You don’t have to go far to experience the wonders of the universe – sometimes just outside your back door is far enough to see incredible things in the sky… if you live in the right places that is. Luckily a new study has revealed the best locations for stargazing from the comfort of your own back garden.
The research, conducted by The Paint Shed, analysed 182 locations using several data points such as the access to private gardens, air pollution, light pollution and precipitation to discover which UK locations were the best for garden stargazing.
The analysis revealed that Lincoln in the East Midlands scored best overall making it the top location in the UK for astronomy enthusiasts to live. Despite not being the top location for any individual factor, it scored low across the board, with it coming in third for its artificial brightness level.
The second place was Wigan, in the North West, which boasts the least amount of rain of all locations as well as the least amount of days of rainfall too.
Third place was another East Midlands location, Boston. This market town, also in Lincolnshire, again did not come in at the top for any individual factor but the collective score was low enough to rank it third.
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When it came to the places in the UK with the worst gardens to stargaze from, Yorkshire city, in Leeds, took the top spot, scoring especially high for factors such as annual rainfall, days of rainfall and artificial brightness.
Another northern city took second place. Manchester scored high for artificial brightness, days of rainfall and number of private residences with gardens per 10k people, possibly due to the higher number of flats/apartments in this metropolitan area.
In third place, and perhaps not surprisingly, was the London borough of Croydon; its air pollution rank was the 19th highest