Out in the country under relatively dark skies, the otherwise dark night sky is lit up by an amazing show of green airglow. Airglow may look like a beautiful green aurora in this photograph but it is not, it is a completely different atmospheric effect – read about it on wikipedia if you are interested.
Here the Small and Large Magellanic Clouds show nicely in the night sky above a picturesque set of silhouetted gumtrees. The trees are along the edge of a dirt country road in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, not far from an observing site which I frequent, run by the Astronomical Society of Western Australia.
The distant right has what actually looks like a nice orange glow, matching the green airglow and subtle blues of the Magellanic Clouds quite nicely. Of course the source of this yellow is much more unwelcome – light pollution from the city of Perth, Western Australia. For the purposes of this photograph though, I chose to use the light as some extra colour.