Here’s a video to start your week feeling relaxed. Watch the Milky Way unfurl over the Southern Ocean on the coast of Australia. This video by Alex Cherney, titled Ocean Sky, was awarded the overall winner at 2011 STARMUS astrophotography competition.
As someone who lives in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s fascinating to see what the night sky looks like in the Southern Hemisphere. The constellations appear upside down. For example, at 2:15 in the video, you can see Orion rising with his head toward the horizon. The moon also appears inverted when seen from your opposite hemisphere.
At 00:45 in the video, watch for the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds to the right of the Milky Way. These neighboring galaxies are located 160,000 and 200,000 light years away, respectively.
Bottom line: 2011 video by Alex Cherney, titled Ocean Sky, shows the Milky Way over the South Ocean, off the coast of Australia.
Emily Howard was a faithful EarthSkyer for many years, until 2013. She graduated with honors from the University of Texas with a major in History (focus on Latin American Studies) and a minor in Spanish. She further cultivated her Spanish skills while living abroad in Valparaíso, Chile, and traveling extensively throughout South America, Mexico and Spain. She's an all-around cool girl, with an interest in many things.