Southern skies

The other day I had one of the most fantastic experiences ever. I went on an overnight sea-kayaking trip along the coast of the Abel Tasman national park which sits at the top of the south island of New Zealand. The kayaking was lots of fun - on a sea only slightly more rough than a mill pond - the scenery was beautiful and the wildlife was everywhere; I got to see orcas for the first time as they swam past my kayak. As it was an overnight trip we stayed on a tiny camground next to the beach in the remote Bark Bay. The sky there was black and thousands of stars were visible. It was a fantastic sight and I was able to find the southern cross and both the large and small Magellanic clouds while lying on the beach with a few friends I made along the way. It was a magical experience and one I would like to have again some day.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Sunday 05th Feb 2006 (08:06 UTC) | Permalink
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