Skies are as much an inspiring part of Britain's national parks as their landscapes but this is especially true in the Broads where gentle valleys, fens and water give way to endless skies and languid sunsets.
And at night the darkening mantle takes on an additional fascination, one that holds us as captivated as our ancestors were when gazing into the same other-worldly expanse.
Astronomer Mark Thompson, who has co-presented Stargazing Live with Prof Brian Cox and comedian Dara Ó Briain, said the vast, unpolluted skies of the Broads in particular are great for stargazing. Something confirmed in surveys carried out by the Broads Authority.
And seeing the firmament reflected in water or iconic windmills and ancient ruins silhouetted against spectacles like the Milky Way makes the experience even more special. You can get involved as little or as much as you want, whether simply lying back to admire the infinite web of constellations from a boat or heading out to Seething Observatory on the edge of the park.
Mark, who is also chairman of Norwich Astronomical Society (NAS) which runs the observatory, said that stargazing is a fantastic activity which keeps people grounded by demonstrating what a vast place the universe is and how insignificant a lot of our worries really are. It’s a social activity too, having come a long way from the image of the solitary astronomer, and is great for families.
He also praised the special countryside in the Broads of which the skies are effectively an extension.
Mark advised that beyond the naked eye only a good pair of binoculars and one of the many free mapping apps is enough to take your stargazing a step further.
And the observatory is perfect if you’re keen for more with open evenings where members of the public can use the high tech telescopes to view things like the Orion nebula or listen to some great talks. Last year the observatory even hosted a talk by Dr Matt Taylor, one of the key figures behind the Mars Rosetta mission.
We've listed some of the best places in the Broads to star gaze. Do make sure to take a torch with you and be careful with your footing, especially near water.
The Norwich Astronomical Society run a number of local events, including special stargazing evenings at the Seething Observatory. If you want a fun and informative introduction to stargazing for the whole family, then coming along to one of the Nightwalk Adventures at Whitlingham Country Park might be perfect, check the Whitlingham events calendar to see what's coming up.
Dibs McCallum took the stunning picture used above of the night sky over Thurne Mill. And the good news is that he can also teach you to capture spectacular starry skies. Through The Lens Workshops are run throughout the year in Norfolk covering all kinds of photography including landscapes, wildlife and boating as well as astrophotography.