What would Patrick Moore have said? If you fancy a night sleeping under the stars – without catching a chill – a Blackpool hotel has the answer.
The TV stargazer, who died this week, may have preferred a telescope on a clear winter night but the South Shore Travelodge has the next best thing.
For one of its rooms has had a three dimensional UV masterpiece painted on the ceiling above its bed.
The bespoke cosmic panorama has been created by Lancashire artist Carl Marshall.
Carl and a colleague transformed a standard white ceiling into a galaxy far, far away by hand painting it with shooting stars, milky ways and constellations.
The hotel is one of 12 around the country to get the starry, starry night treatment.
During the day, the ceilings look plain white but in darkness the stars appear to twinkle and the dust clouds seem to move mysteriously.
The three dimensional effect of the ceiling means it appears around three feet, closer to the bed, creating a sense of immersion for sleepers. He covered the ceiling with a base layer of light-activated paint then used glow-in-the-dark paint that glows blue, green and aqua to add dust clouds and stars.
The artwork soaks up light during the daylight hours and glows in darkness.
Carl said: “The exact technique I use is a closely guarded trade secret because it is so effective.
“It is a painstaking process as you have to position the colours perfectly to achieve a three-dimensional effect but the results are definitely worth it.
“The stars twinkle and the dust clouds appear to move as you lie looking at it. Everybody is blown away by it when they see it and my children think it is amazing.”
Travelodgecame up with the idea after a sleeps survey of 2,000 customers which showed 42 per cent of adults said sleeping under a blanket of stars was their choice for a romantic or restful night.
Stuart Henshall, Hotel Manager at Blackpool South Shore Travelodge, said: “We were over the moon to be chosen to trial the UK’s very first cosmic night sky room. We took the challenge and created the ultimate outdoor sleeping experience indoors.”