The nights out west can be pretty magical thanks to ultra-low light pollution and a horizon that stretches out in all directions as far as the eyes can see. One night Aub and I were awakened by a light so luminous and silvery that we thought it must be someone up against the caravan window with a powerful flash light! Needless to say there were a few tense moments of deciding who should go and look before we both realised that we were being spied on by the biggest, brightest moon I’d ever seen in my life! Absolutely breathtaking.
This weekend was no different in the magical skies department. We don’t seem to get as many rainy days out this side of the dividing range and so most evenings are clear and relatively cloudless. I must admit to being an absolute novice when it comes to star-gazing in spite of it being a childhood hobby of mine but even I was able to make out the milky way wrapping its way over head. Magical!
The above image is of the Milky Way and it was sourced from Wikipedia.
In other news I was delighted to find out that the rather unassuming neighbouring village of Darbys Falls hosts an observatory which its self is home to one of the largest telescopes available to the public. Having only just read about that today I’m now itching to get back out there and see what I can see. How amazing to have all of this on our doorstep and to have those un-filtered skies for free.
Let me know if you have been and what you think!