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Starry Night of a Pacific Paradise

By: Tunc Tezel

 

Region: Australia and Pacific

Site: Mangaia - Cook Islands

Date: 2010 July 10

An all-sky view above a tropical remote island in the southern Pacific Ocean. The southern Milky Way and the elongated zodiacal light are visible with in the last moments of evening twilight. This pacific paradise in the southern hemisphere is Mangaia, the most southerly of the Cook Islands. This volcanic remnant has the distinction of being the oldest island in the Pacific dating back to about 18 million years ago. Tunc Tezel

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