Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Other Side of Things

[The Southern Cross on the flag of Samoa. It also appears on the flags of Australia, Brazil, New Guinea, New Zealand, and the US Army's Americal Division.]

Pretty exciting Southern Hemisphere day yesterday. Saw the entirety of the constellation of Scorpio with the brilliant binary red giant Antares, the Heart of the Scorpion, in the midst of it. It is huge and obvious. And then as plain as night, high in the sky, was the Southern Cross. IMpressive. In Centaurus I saw the bright star Alpha Centauri, the nearest star to our own, 4.3 light years away. I waved and conveyed your regards.

I even got up at five and went out to see the close grouping of Venus, Mars, and Jupiter predicted for this morning near the dawn horizon. At five one can go out bare-ass-naked without concern for weather or being seen. I was not seen nor sadly were the planets because of the clouds.

Other interesting facts learned -- a small amount of Polynesian ukulele music goes a long way, even when accompanied by local dance troupes. Especially when accompanied by local dance troupes.

1 comment:

  1. What a great place to be...hope you are continuing to have a great time. Btw, thanks for sending my greetings to Alpha Centauri...always have wanted to be cordial to all our neighbors :<)