While on a visit to the south island in New Zealand, I got such a wonderful surprise when I went out onto the patio and saw the Southern Cross upside down in the southern sky…I was so excited I ran inside and garbed my camera to take some images even though there was a full Moon and the sky was very light.
The beautiful town that we stayed in was called Kaikoura and its latitude is 42° South, this is why I could see the Southern Cross in its entirety upside down.
It would have been just amazing if the sky had been dark but I did my best with a full Moon in the sky and decided to take a picture of the snowy mountains in moonlight, this image below is completely lit up by the Moon and it’s just so beautiful. The moonlight lit up all the foliage naturally and the stars on show are in the northern sky and are part of the constellations of Pegasus and Andromeda.
~ Kaikoura snowy mountains lit up by the light of a full Moon ~
If you live in New Zealand and would like to know what’s in your sky tonight, then please go to the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand website and download a current star map at:
The images were taken with a Canon 70D camera and an 18-400mm Tamron lens on a tripod. The Southern Cross image was taken with lens set at 35mm; exposure time was 5 seconds and ISO 640. The snowy mountain image was an 8 second exposure, and lens set at 28mm, ISO 1000. The full Moon image was a 5 second exposure @f8 and lens set at 35mm, ISO 1000.