You probably know the Big Dipper and the saucepan. But the other stars? They are perhaps less well known. If you look outside from your home in The Hague at night, you will see dozens of stars on a clear night. How much exactly? KRO-NCRV investigated that.

Via this online tool from KRO-NCRV you discover how many stars you can see on a clear night. This differs per zip code. If you walk on the Lange Voorhout at night you will see 10 stars, but if you look up on the Zwarte Pad you can almost see 300.

Therefore you see in some parts of The Hague have more stars:

The number of stars you see on a clear night therefore differs quite a lot per zip code. According to KRO-NCRV, this is due to the light pollution within a city. The more light pollution, the fewer stars you see, says the broadcaster.

Light pollution

Who, what, where is light pollution? On this website

the following description is stated: “Light pollution refers to the large amount of, often superfluous, artificial light that is emitted by, for example, street lamps , greenhouses, facade lighting, households, et cetera.” According to KRO-NCRV, the largest light polluters in the Netherlands are the greenhouses in Westland. So people see far fewer stars there than in The Hague.

Major differences in the Netherlands

So, now you know that within Den Hague differences are in the number of stars per zip code. If you zoom out further, you see much greater differences in numbers per province, region or village. For example, if you look at the villages in Drenthe, you will spot up to 1.300 stars on a clear night, according to the tool. Want to see even more stars? Then it’s time for a trip to Terschelling. In some places you see more than 10.000 stars shine.

Source: KRO-NCRV.

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