This photograph is of a narrow field of view showing the Southern Cross (constellation of Crux). The Coal Sack is also visible to the left of the Southern Cross. This image was taken out in the dark skies of the Wheatbelt in Western Australia. Even on a cloudy night you can often see the Milky Way and Southern Cross shining through the black clouds drifting past.
This photographic print of the Southern Cross makes a great astronomy poster but also with the long life quality of a professional photograph.
The Southern Cross is easy to find in the night sky if you live further south than about -35 degrees latitude. From southern states of Australia the Southern Cross is circumpolar, meaning it is always above the horizon (of course you local horizon may have trees or other objects which obscure it). For those north of -30 degrees the Southern Cross will dip below the horizon at some times of the year and night.
To find south using the Southern Cross, the easiest method is to extend the long axis of the cross by an extra four times in the direction towards the south. Where you end up after 4 lengths of the southern cross is surprisingly close to the South Celestial Pole. From there, imagine dropping a string-line straight down to the ground and that is roughly south. Remember that magnetic south is different to celestial south, by an amount which varies based on where you are on Earth (or Perth Western Australia the difference is negligible so the above is quite reliable).
As with all my prints, these are true long lasting photographic prints, individually prepared and signed by me the photographer. Each print is shipped with care information and identification label for framing
This photograph of the Southern Cross can be purchased digitally for self-printing, use in books and publications, corporate material, marketing material, etc. Contact me to organise a copyright agreement.