YESTERDAY was World Astronomy Day. To mark the occasion, a photographer has captured a stunning image of the night sky from the South Downs.

Jamie Fielding took the photograph in Arundel.

The South Downs is one of only 13 International Dark Sky Reserves in the world, meaning it has been recognised for the exceptional quality of its starry nights and nocturnal environment.

The South Downs National Park Authority says the park is the best place in South East to view constellations, planets and distant galaxies.

In February, the park will host its Dark Skies Festival to celebrate the special night skies. There will be planetarium shows, talks about nocturnal wildlife, science demonstrations, and, if the night is clear, the chance to go outside and take part in some moon-gazing with the experts.