Volunteer Sky Quality Meter Readers Needed! As part of the Dark Skies Project, we need to start mapping the quality of the dark skies over the Lake District National Park, including from the settlements which border the park. We need readings in all areas, the darkest parts and the not-so-dark, to see how light pollution affects the skies. The winter months are the very best time of the year to do this. If you live in or around the national park, why not get involved and take a sky quality reading or two? It’s easy to do and we’ll show you how using one of our light meter readers. The best times to take a reading are two hours after sunset and two hours before sun up. The biggest challenge is taking them during clear moonless or near moonless evenings. Over the next month the most ideal times to take readings are from 1-13 December. If you are interested, please email [email protected] Visit our project page for more information on Dark Skies Cumbria.