Yuri Beletsky in Chile shared this gorgeous photo on EarthSky’s Facebook page. He wrote:
One of the most recognized asterisms in the Northern Hemisphere, the Big Dipper, looks very unusual from the South [Southern Hemisphere]. Tonight we witnessed quite an amazing view of the constellation climbing over volcanoes in the northern Chile. But the most remarkable was its reflection in calm water of the lagoon. The weather was truly spectacular with almost zero wind which allowed us to enjoy the view in full glory.
Our Facebook friends loved this photo, and there were a few comments like this one, from Stuart McIntyre:
Can’t get used to you crazy Southerners and your upside-down constellations!
Bottom line: Photo from Yuri Beletsky of the Big Dipper over northern Chile.
Eleanor Imster has helped write and edit EarthSky since 1995. She was an integral part of the award-winning EarthSky radio series almost since it began until it ended in 2013. Today, as an EarthSky.org Editor, she helps present the science and nature stories and photos you enjoy. She and her husband live in Tennessee, where they enjoy guitar playing and singing. They have 2 grown sons.