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Southern night sky (#1 of 2)

Southern night sky (#1 of 2)

The previous night-sky image overlayed on a star map for location. The Southern Pleiades ('Seven Sisters') lies within the field of view. The 50 mm lens subtends an angular view of a little over 30 degrees, or about 2 hours of sky transition time.

The Southern Cross was not yet high enough to be visible. Similarly, the triple-star cluster 'Rigil Centaurus' that includes 'alpha centaurus' the closest star to Earth (4.3 light years).

The star map was generated using Stellarium (0.9.0), a freeware desktop planetarium available from

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Soenda22-Dec-2007 19:46
This is so beautiful, Brian. It's been a lifelong wish of mine to see the Southern Cross someday. I didn't know that there were Seven Southern Sisters; their northern cousins are among my favorite constellations. Thank you very, very much for sharing this latest addition to your ongoing photographic explorations. I know you will become as adept at this as you have the IR work and the fractal image generation. Inspirational, you are.
Nestor19-Dec-2007 15:32
Excellent presentation and nice explanation.
A bit over my head but I appeciate what you have here.
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