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Switch-off for stargazers in Somerset

19 January 2012 Last updated at 06:49 GMT

The town of Dulverton in Somerset has plunged itself into utter darkness as part of an astronomy event designed to highlight the effects of light pollution.

All the residents and the local authority switched off their lights to give stargazers the best view of the skies, but many were left disappointed as they found cloud cover obscuring the view.

The event is part of the BBC series Stargazing Live.

Jon Kay reports