The Walls of China (Lunette) at Night, Mungo National Park, NSW, Australia

The Walls of China (Lunette) at Night, Mungo National Park, NSW, Australia

Even ten years ago I couldn’t imagine that. Discussing with parents, who are in 9000km from me, via video chat about Orion constellation position in Northern and Southern skies, search photo archive for a proper photo, develop it, send it to parents, on both ends of the video chat open paper maps of the sky and the photo, identify all stars and constellations, discuss different aspects of stargazing, make a small photo, sign it with Wacom tablet and send again still using the video-chat. Tempus fugit! What will happen in ten years?

Made this shot during my recent trip to the Mungo National Park in NSW outback, Australia. The moonless night sky at a remote location far from any man-made light pollution is amazing! I always want to exclaim: “Oh, My God! It’s full of stars!” And the Australian outback is one of the best places (along with the coast northwest of Perth (Western Australia), the Chilean observatory sites, and isolated places in the US Southwest) to watch the night sky. People who are living in big cities just cannot enjoy the night sky because of the light pollution.

By the way, in November 2008 the National Geographic Magazine published an article about light pollution – “Our Vanishing Night” with great photos from Jim Richardson.

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Ilya Genkin is a Sydney, Australia photographer whose subjects include the Pacific coast, Australian outback and deserts, rainforests, lakes and rivers, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.
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  • John - January 14, 2010 - 9:24 pm

    Orion is upside down!!!!!!!!!

    Seriously though, you are right, I visited W.A. two years ago now and had the pleasure of spending a few nights out in the country, both houses were out in the forest, and it was amazing to see a proper dark sky, you really do think you could reach out a grab one (or maybe that was the wine). Best of all though was that you could do it in your tee shirt, sure beats wrapping up to go out in -5C here.

  • matt - February 29, 2012 - 9:44 am

    Its so freaky to see it upside down, it would be like a whole new sky if i took a trip south o the equator.
    That would mean that Andromeda galaxy is pretty low on the horizon through the months that Orion is visible, and the large and small magellanic clouds very high! that would be awesome.

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