Evening photo: Star-gazing in Kenya

The Southern Cross, Milky Way, Large Magellanic Cloud and Carina Nebula, viewed from Kenya. Credit Babak Tafreshi/National Geographic Society.

There is an attached article at The New York Times about superior star-gazing in the southern hemisphere:

The Dutch-American astronomer Bart Bok used to say: “The Southern Hemisphere holds all the good stuff.” He was probably referring to the fact that we have “the two best globular clusters, the largest and brightest naked-eye external galaxies, the largest diffuse nebula, the largest dark nebula and a Milky Way bright enough under our dark transparent skies to cast shadows during certain times of the year,” in the words of the journalist Luke Dodd.

Travelling to the southern hemisphere to star-gaze is beyond the reach of this non-elite prole.

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  • suzanne

    This is beautiful. Makes the world look so insignificant.

  • AlanUK

    “Travelling to the southern hemisphere to star-gaze is beyond the reach of this non-elite prole.”
    Ditto here! Made up for, in a small way, by your selection of photos. Thank you.

  • Brett_McS

    When I was a kid I went out to Parkes, NSW (setting of the marvelous film, The Dish), which was the first time I had been away from city lights and humid coastal air. In that dry, clean air the night sky is absolutely stunning, especially the Milky Way. I suddenly understood why the ancient people made such a big deal of stars and planets.

    • Frau Katze

      It really makes a difference, getting away from artificial lighting. I’ve had the same feeling on camping trips here. Of course, I’ve only seen the northern view.

      I spent a few months in the Yukon many decades ago, not far from the Arctic Circle, Sept-Dec. I’ll never forget seeing vivid displays of the northern lights.