Photographer's Note

Do you ever escape from the city lights to see the stars? This is one of the things I love about going Walkabout. Here in the Southern Hemisphere, we see a different star constellation to those of you in the North. Even in my home state of New South Wales, the night sky is different to that in Western Australia.

On a new moon, 1200 kilometres away from the nearest city, this is what I saw. The photo doesn't do it justice, nor does it show the several falling stars and meteor showers I saw that night.

The vertical cloudy formation you see is of course the Milky Way. The formation to the left of it, about halfway up the frame, we call The Saucepan, but is actually part of the Orion Constellation which comprises Betelgeuse, Rigel, Bellatrix, Mintaka, Alnilam, Alnitak and Meissa. Meissa is the very bright star you see reflecting onto the Indian Ocean. The Southern Cross, my favourite star constellation was behind me when I took the photo.

Soundtrack is Under The Milky Way by Australian band The Church

Canon 5D MkII
Cable Shutter Release
ISO 2500
76 seconds
17mm using 17-40mm lens

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Additional Photos by Lisa DP (delpeoples) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5630 W: 351 N: 12436] (60288)
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