BBC Look East senior broadcast journalist, Mike Cartwright, contacted Paul Crank at Catalyst Video Services to request images of the village of Luddington in Northamptonshire to illustrate a report on light pollution in the UK.
The deadline was tight. Mike required images of the village and night sky by 7.30am the following morning. Despite the overcast skies Paul managed to provide a variety of images from various locations around the village.
Luddington has been designated a location with ‘Truly dark skies’. Results of the CPRE’s Star Count campaign reveal that just 2% of participants experienced a truly dark sky full of stars. This is due to the impact of light pollution caused by street lighting and other artificial lights. Star-spotters submitted the number of stars they could see within the constellation of Orion.