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This is becoming a bit of a fad online – but I like it. This link is from Brianna. Holy cow, can you really see that many stars in Australia?

Ocean Sky from Alex Cherney on Vimeo.


Have a peaceful weekend full of stars.


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    darlynne says:

    Yes, you can see that many stars. And the best part, for us visitors, was that we had no idea what the stars were, there wasn’t a Big Dipper, nothing to identify or orient ourselves, which meant we could simply marvel and wonder.

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    Yes, the star display is amazing in the land down under :) When we lived there, venus and mars were visible, too…pretty amazing stuff!

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    Yes, away from the cities, the stars can be amazing – particularly on moonless nights.

    I’ve heard that apparently only a relatively small proportion of the world’s population are far enough away from cities to see the Milky Way at night. We’re 20 kilometres from the nearest town, and still get some light ‘pollution’ from it at night, but when I stop at our gate at night (where there aren’t as many trees) I often just stand for a few minutes and look up at the stars – the Milky Way is beautiful.

    In the outback, where the sky is a huge dome of stars, the night sky is stunning. (Must go outback again sometime soon…)

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    Jennifer says:

    I live in a very rural part of Eastern Oregon, over 35 miles through the mountains from any town and that one is only 150 ppl. Our area tends to host a lot of foreign exchange students and they usually comes from very large cities, especially the Asian kids. They are often stunned and almost obsessed with the stars. I remember one young man, 17 years old, had never seen a star in his life. I realized again how lucky I am to live out here.

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    Vicki says:

    Beautiful and meditative, exactly right for the end of a Friday such as I’ve had.

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    JoAnn says:

    About 35 years ago I went on a camping trip up in the mountains here in California and I was stunned by the stars. I could not stop looking at them. I had no idea there were so many, that they were so beautiful. Other, regular campers thought my reaction was funny, but I have never forgotten it.

    Last week, we had a major blackout across San Diego County and I was hoping that I would see something of that show again, but the light from cars and generators and along the horizon was too much, though I did see more stars than usual.

    Our ancestors would tell us to count our blessings that we are able to beat back the night, but I still wish I could see those stars in person again, once in a while.

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    AgTigress says:

    Lovely video.  I remember being thrilled by my first sight of the southern hemisphere night sky, and that was in Sydney, with plenty of light pollution!  No Plough (what you call the Big Dipper) but the Southern Cross instead!

    The best night skies I have ever seen were when on fieldwork in the Eastern Desert of Egypt, and one year (in the 1990s) there was a magnificent comet.  Breathtaking.  Actually living in a camp in the desert (and that desert is a magical place in itself) helps one to understand how the Bedouin have found their way about for millennia, by day and night, in what seems at first a totally confusing landscape.

    (Just looked up the comet:  it was Comet Hyakutake, in 1996.  It blazed across the sky for about 5 nights in succession above the craggy mountains and valleys of the Eastern Desert, brilliant silver against the intensely black sky — and the great thing was, we hadn’t known it was coming.  One night, there it was.  No wonder people used to think such things were supernatural.)

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    I live in a very rural part of Eastern Oregon, over 35 miles through the mountains from any town and that one is only 150 ppl.

    @Jennifer, I live on the other side of the mountains (west side, near Portland) and I’ve never been able to catch a glimpse of anything like this. I’ve heard of star viewing parties over near La Pine (maybe?). Somewhere in the high desert. I did try to see the stars from Baker City once, but even that was too bright. It’s been in just the last 20 years I found out a person can actually see very well in full moonlight away from the city. I won a writing contest that night at a conference in the Columbia River Gorge.

    Thanks, Sarah, for posting this and to Brianna for sending it. It’s breathtaking.

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    Sonia says:

    I spent a year in australia and I remember being stupified at how many stars were in the sky. So stupified and transfixed, i walked right into a pole on my way from the main house to my room one night. Sad but true.

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