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Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Part of north Norfolk’s clear sky will be beamed across the country tonight after a holiday park was selected to feature in a live television programme.
Kelling Heath Holiday Park near Holt will be one of the sites used in the BBC2 Stargazing Live programme at 8pm on Tuesday 7th January..
It will be presented by Prof Brian Cox and comedian Dara O Briain and Norfolk astronomer Mark Thompson will talk about his findings from the park, owned by Blue Sky Leisure.
Mark Durrant, operations manager of Blue Sky Leisure, said: “We are blessed with naturally dark skies in north Norfolk. The first time you see the night sky from Kelling Heath, it is stunning. It is so dark and the stars look like diamonds.
“It is great the BBC have come to look in this part of Norfolk to promote the dark skies. Anyone who is interested in that might think of Norfolk as a holiday destination.”
The park has run star parties during the equinox in spring and autumn for the past 12 years which attracts stargazers from across Britain and abroad.
Mr Durrant said there has been a drive to keep light pollution from the park to a minimum over the past 15 years.
The only artificial lights on site are in the car park and in the village square.
Guests who appreciate the darkness are advised to bring torches, according to Mr Durrant.
Stargazing Live was first shown on television in January 2011 and has been held on a yearly basis since then.
This year’s series will aim to capture the northern lights as well as the best of Britain’s sky.
NASA scientist Dr Carolyn Porco will also reveal pictures of the solar system.
Prof Brian Cox and Dara O Briain will be based at Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire.
The series will include six programmes - two each night - and the other programmes will be shown on Wednesday and Thursday at 8pm.