Starry starry nights? In NE London you may be not so starstruck — and here’s why

Moon©DA0218: © super blue moon over St Mark's Dalston London E8 010218
stmark©DAhalo16: St Mark’s church Colvestone Crers Hackney E8 2LG 050516 ©
Festival of light, above and top: harvest moon behind St Mark’s church, Dalston… the lack of truly starry pix is explained by Loving Dalston’s lack of a starry camera

STARRY, STARRY NIGHT is a rather charming pop song inspired by a painting of a Vincent van Gogh inspired by the Provençal nightscape. Good job he was not in London: he might have trouble seeing through the smog.

Even today: stargazing is not something many Londoners can enjoy at home, especially those who live in the Tower Hamlets, Newham, Enfield or Waltham Forest, because of light pollution and other factors, not to mention lack of a garden, often not even a bare yard. Yep, where you live in London can affect your chances of seeing the stars.

A new study has lit upon the best (and worst) London locations for stargazing from the comfort of your own garden.

The research, by paint retailer The Paint Shed, analysed issues such as access to a private garden, air pollution, light pollution and precipitation to discover which London boroughs came out on top.

Sadly for those of us who live in the otherwise entirely wonderful NE London or, more likely, who lack any kind of garden, many of the boroughs wrong for night skies are in that very area.

Surprisingly, Kensington and Chelsea is the best borough for stargazing from home, according to the study: residents there are the most likely to see the stars from their own gardens.

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* See the full survey here.

* Backstory: Helping Hackney women to reach for the stars

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