The Southern Sky with The Aurora Australis

The Southern Sky with Aurora Australis


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“This is what the LORD says–your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself…” (Isaiah 44:24)


We are very, very small in the Universe.

Who has comprehended its unfathomable vastness?

Yet, the Bible says of God, “He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.” (Psalm 147:4-5)

Our God spoke the Universe into existence by his powerful Word. He created each galaxy, each star and each person and knows them all by name. What an amazingly huge and powerful God we have!

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:3-4)

I vividly remember the night I first really saw the Milky Way. I walked out of a restaurant near Uluru (Ayer’s Rock) in the Great Australian Outback, and despite the lights of the little tourist village, the brilliance of the Milky Way instantly commanded my full attention. In that clear, desert atmosphere, away from the pervasive light pollution I had always known, I was all of a sudden confronted with the grandeur of the universe. Seeing its true, unsullied magnificence impacted me greatly that night and made me realize just how small I am in the Universe (and yet amazingly, I am still personally known and loved by God).

Here in Tasmania we also have very dark skies, especially when looking south over the Southern Ocean. Every time I gaze up at the stars here, even on a casual walk around my neighbourhood, I am always humbled underneath its great brilliance.

I photographed this panorama of the Milky Way from Goat’s Bluff, South Arm, Tasmania, which is about a half hour southeast of Hobart. I snapped it while I was waiting for the Aurora Australis.

(See my other two photos of the Aurora Australis that night: Aurora Australis Over Goat’s Bluff, South Arm, Tasmania, Australia and Aurora Australis Over Lighthouse Panorama).)

The Southern Lights are visible as a faint glow at the bottom of this panorama, but unfortunately due to a burnoff, the pink glow of the aurora was tinted brown with smoke. However, it still brings a nice ambience to the photo.