Date: Nov 1, 2010
Place: Lake Okareka, near Rotorua, New Zealand

The red nebula on the left of the frame is Eta Carina, the two bright stars on the right are alpha and beta Centauri, and the bright star sliding along the ridgeline of the hills between these two objects is the bottom star of the Southern Cross. This time of year is not ideal to observe the Southern Cross, since it is upside down and low in the sky. The Milky Way is clearly visible as a wide band of red visible behind the hills.

This video was created from a sequence of jpg photos taken every 20 seconds over about two hours. Stills taken using a Canon 7D. Time lapse generated using QuickTime Pro, video processed in Sony Vegas Pro 10.

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