This is the southern hemisphere sky in a 360° panorama.
From left to right in the sky, you can see:
– in the South: the two Magellanic Clouds, satellite galaxies of the Milky Way
– in the West: the diagonal glow of Zodiacal Light
– in the North: Orion, Jupiter and the Pleiades above the outline of Timor Rock
– in the East: the southern Milky Way just rising
I shot this last night in the early evening, Sunday, December 9, from my observing site in Australia, Timor Cottage at Coonabarabran, NSW. It’s a panorama of 8 images, each a 1 minute untracked exposure with the 10-22mm lens at 10mm. I’m amazed at how well the sections join together, considering the stars are moving from one frame to the next and about 16 minutes separates the beginning and end frames.
– Alan, December 10, 2012 / © 2012 Alan Dyer