Magellanic clouds

Cities aren’t usually the best place to clearly see the stars of the night sky due to the light pollution. As far as capital cities go, Wellington, New Zealand is one of the clearest in the world. For this photograph, we still drove about an hour out of the city centre into the hills of Pakuratahi Forest. There was no moon so it was incredibly dark. I know next to nothing about the stars. Fortunately my friend James does. He informs me we are looking at two Magellanic clouds in the Large (LMC) and the small (SMC). They are dwarf galaxies outside the Milky Way. 150,000 light years away. You can’t see them from the northern hemisphere.

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