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Southern Ocean Sky

By: Alex Cherney

 

Region: Australia and Pacific

Site: Victoria - Australia

Date: 2009-2011

As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day clouds and sky both show illuminating changes during this timelapse video clip from the south of Australia. In the foreground are scenes visible over a rocky coastline toward the Southern Ocean. Dark clouds flow across the sky, sometimes from different directions, sometimes blocking background starlight, but other times causing stars to appear to flare as they move in front. In the first sequence, looking toward the southwest, a nearly vertical band of zodiacal light is seen at sunset just before the band of the Milky Way Galaxy appears to settle into the sea. Soon the unusual dark patch of the Coal Sack Nebula can be seen on the Milky Way band, near the famous Southern Cross. Later, looking toward the southeast at about 2:10 in the video, Orion can be seen rising appearing nearly perpendicular to how it rises in northern skies. The award winner clip is the result of many night-time imaging session during 1.5 years, total of 31 hours of photo sequences. Alex Cherney/Terrastro.com

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