Sirius and Canopus in the night sky

Sirius and Canopus in the night sky

I captured this astrophotograph near Point View Breaker Bay. Taken at about 10pm at night in early December. With some clouds in the sky, I’d wondered if the camera would capture any stars. With a 15 second long exposure time, the camera captured thousands of stars I couldn’t see with my eyes. The bright star on the left is Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky. The one in the upper middle is Canopus, the second brightest.

Floating Braziers at Whairepo Lagoon

Floating Braziers at Whairepo Lagoon

Back in June last year Wellington celebrated Matariki ki Pōneke. The city held a month long series of events. From live music and dance to fireworks and light shows. My personal highlight was here at the Whairepo Lagoon. From Frank Kitts Park looking down on The Albatross Fountain with the lagoon behind. Matariki is the Maori name for a group of seven stars known as the Pleiades star cluster. Matariki appears in the eastern sky sometime around the shortest day of the year. Floating on the water are the Wai Ahi Floating Braziers. These braziers represent the stars of Matariki. On the other side of the lagoon was a stage with live music and dance.

Windy Wellington sign

Windy Wellington sign

On the hillside in Miramar, Wellington has a Hollywood-style sign. Facing the airport to be seen by people flying into the city. It’s made from corrugated iron with three-metre high letters. Wellington is the world’s wildest city. So it makes sense to have the last letters symbolising a wind gust.

Hornby Lighthouse

Hornby Lighthouse

Constructed in 1858 this is one of Australia’s most important lighthouses. Standing bright at the southern entrance to Port Jackson and Sydney Harbour. In my two week trip to Sydney, this was location was the furthest I ventured from the city. Taking a ferry from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay. Then walking the 3 kilometres around Green Point Reserve and Camp Cove to the lighthouse. On the other side of the water is North Head on the right and the lights of Manly behind the light house.