The Skies Down Here at 30 Degrees South


Most dramatic would be to show you the stars, which down here, far from city light pollution, are impressive. The only constellation I recognize is Orion, but he’s upside down, with his sword jutting upward. The Southern Cross floats directly overhead, and the Magellanic clouds in the Milky Way are impressive even to the naked eye.

the skies at sunset last night
the skies at sunset last night

I’ve noticed that often a large circle forms in the clouds. Sometimes lately it’s been accompanied by sun dogs at opposite sides of the circle, and the whole thing disappears after a few minutes. Look away, and it’s gone when you look back. Don’t know if this has anything to do with the recent solar flares.

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