If I’m in outback Australia my overwhelming feeling is of complete awe. Across the entire sky are millions of stars with the band of the Milky Way clearly visible from horizon to horizon. Probably closely following on that is frustration that despite many attempts I’ve never managed to capture a decent photo but as I think about it now I realise no photo can capture the immensity or the feeling of being completely enclosed by the sky.
I never wish I could travel to the stars, I’m content to see their glory from Earth.
Stargazing also brings back childhood because rather then search for the Southern Cross, an image apparently so significant it appears on our country’s flag, I search for, “The Saucepan”. Growing up the whole family liked to sit outside on a Summer’s night looking at the stars, all of us trying to be the first to spot, “The Saucepan”. None of us were looking for Orion’s belt and sword!
Of course, seeing the Evening Star this always pops into my head:
Starlight, star bright, first star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish, I wish tonight.
Image of “The Saucepan” alias, Orion found here:
4 thoughts on “Stargazing”
I grew up on the plains of Texas where we could view the stars every night. The Big and and Litter Dippers were visible from our Living Room window. It wasn’t until a trip to Australia in 1996, I heard of the Southern Cross for the first time and was able to spot it. Stars are so intriguing and mysterious to me.
I’ve now found one of the Star map apps and will try it out when we go bush again. Should be fun.
‘The Saucepan’ – that’s funny! But at least it helped you recognize those stars.
It’s the name post people seem to use here rather than the scientific name. 🙂