Green Skies

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Green Skies - The Small and Large Magellanic Clouds with amazing green air glow.

Green Skies – The Small and Large Magellanic Clouds with amazing green air glow.

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.

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