Starry Night of New Zealand

By: Tunc Tezel


Region: Australia and Pacific

Site: Tongariro National Park - New Zealand

Date: 2010 July 3

Comments: 2

A starry night in Tongariro National Park, the oldest protected area in New Zealand and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From a dark site over Lake Rotoaira just south of greater Lake Taupo on New Zealand's North Island, the southern Milky Way and our galactic neighbors Large and Small Magellanic Clouds stands above the horizon, defined by snow capped Tongariro volcano (1967 m). Bright stars of Alpha and Beta Centauri are at the upper right, and the Southern Cross and the prominent dark nebula known as the Coal Sack are visible below them. Continue down along the Milky Way to find Carina Nebula, a large red emission nebula easily detectable in the southern sky. The south celestial pole is near the center of this panoramic image. Tunc Tezel

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