December 21 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
A Norfolk astronomer has spoken of his excitement ahead of a live BBC2 programme which will aim to feature shots of the night sky from a popular holiday attraction.
Stargazing Live, presented by Prof Brian Cox and comedian Dara O Briain, will link up with Kelling Heath Holiday Park near Holt tonight from 8pm.
Astronomer Mark Thompson, 40, from Pulham Market near Diss will be capturing the images of the night sky.
Mr Thompson said it was very exciting to be broadcasting from the park.
He said: “It is easy stargazing in Norfolk. You don’t have to travel a lot of ground to find a dark sky. Because Norfolk is not very industrial, when there is a dark sky it is very clear.”
Stargazing Live is now in its fourth series and Mr Thompson has been involved with all previous programmes.
It is the first time the show will be aired from the holiday park.
Tonight’s programme will look at space weather and Mr Thompson will be joined by about 15 members of Norfolk-based astronomy groups.
He added: “Amateur astronomy isn’t just about sitting in your back garden. It is about finding clear sky. We are on an island which has a lot of changeable weather. You get the most out of it by moving around.”
The astronomer, who became interested in stars and planets aged 10, said the recent bad weather and rain had made the sky clearer.
Images from north Norfolk will be beamed back by satellite to Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, where the show’s presenters are based.
Stargazing Live starts at 8pm tonight and will continue tomorrow and Thursday at the same time.