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A total lunar eclipse took place on January 31, 2018. The moon appears as supermoon, with perigee being on January 30. Also it is the first blue moon eclipse in 2018, so it was referred to as the super blue blood moon.





The Aurora Australis - through an Australia shaped cave. 🌿Prints and clocks available in profile🌿

Many traditional stories overlap when it comes to auroral displays - below are a few.
Aurorae are significant in Australian Indigenous astronomical traditions. Aboriginal people associate aurorae with fire, death, blood, and omens, sharing many similarities with Native American communities. They are quite different from Inuit traditions of the Aurora Borealis, which are more festive. Aboriginal people commonly saw aurorae as fires in the cosmos. To the Gunditjmara of western Victoria, they’re Puae buae (β€œashes”). To the Gunai of eastern Victoria, they’re bushfires in the spirit world and an omen of a coming catastrophe. As far north as southwestern Queensland, Aboriginal people saw the phenomenon as β€œfeast fires” of the Oola Pikka - ghostly beings who spoke to Elders through the aurora.

The Maori of Aotearoa/New Zealand saw aurorae (Tahunui-a-rangi) as the campfires of ancestors reflected in the sky. These ancestors sailed southward in their canoes and settled on a land of ice in the far south.

The southern lights let people know they will one day return. This is similar to an Algonquin story from North America.

Extracted from: Fire in the sky - The southern lights in Indigenous oral traditions (24/04/2017)


Western Australia, covering the entire western third of the country, is made up mostly of the arid Outback. Its population is concentrated in its fertile southwest corner, home to the Margaret River wine region and the riverside capital, Perth. In the far north, the Kimberley region is home to ancient Aboriginal rock art, the Bungle Bungle sandstone domes and Broome, with Cable Beach camels and a pearling industry.



A lonely Cormorant fishing in the moonlight.

Portsea, Victoria, Australia

This is hands down one of the best places for night photography. On the horizon, to the left you can see the "pregnant woman" mountain range. If you live in Australia or plan on visiting; here are a few other dark sky sites perfect for astro-photography: Kangaroo Island, Simpson Desert, Gibson Desert, Diamantina Lakes, Nitmiluk National Park, Lake Woods Conservation Covenant & Currawinya National Park.

Grampians National Park

Korpudalur HI Hostel in Northern Iceland - About 5km off the main road, the hostel is in a beautiful valley ringed on 3 sides by the mountains, so you get an exceptional view. Owners are incredibly helpful and friendly, and the hostel is clean, cozy, and had everything I could need.


Wilsons Promontory has some of the most incredible beaches in the world!