‘Arenig Starscape’ - Llyn Arenig Fawr, Snowdonia by Kris Williams
Via Flickr:
The milky way arching through the night-sky above the flat-calm waters of Llyn Arenig in the heart of Snowdonia’s Dark Sky Reserve.


Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve: “The sky is a cultural resource common to all humanity”

A little more than 100 years ago, people could walk outside at night everywhere, even in cities, and see the Milky Way galaxy arch across the night sky. Being able to see thousands of stars was part of everyday life, allowing people to get inspired by the beauty of our Galaxy. Nowadays, those living in the city can barely see the stars. Our ability to see starlight has diminished due to light and air pollution. Half of the world’s population cannot see stars because of night light pollution. Light pollution interferes with astronomical research, disrupting ecosystems, and determining adverse health effects, as well as wasting energy.
This is why some bright minds though that preserving the quality of the night sky should become a priority, and acted as such. The Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve is the southern hemisphere’s first dark sky reserve, and the world’s biggest. The dark sky reserve is located in the Mackenzie Basin, in the South Island of New Zealand, and includes Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and the villages of Lake Tekapo, Twizel and Mt Cook. A high number of clear nights throughout the year, along with the stability and transparency of the local atmosphere and its unique dark skies, make Mackenzie one of the best sites for viewing and researching the southern sky. Head here to see the Magellanic Clouds, neighboring galaxies to the Milky Way only visible in the Southern Hemisphere, or to catch the rise of the Matariki star cluster which symbolises the start of the Māori New Year.

6 lists of 5 things

tagged by @consultingreaders

5 Things You’ll Find in My Bag:

  1. My metal water bottle
  2. A pack of tissues
  3. Cough drops
  4. Advil
  5. A half-eaten pack of Belvita biscuits because I’m incapable of eating regularly like a real human being

5 Things You’ll Find in My Bedroom:

  1. A stack of papers and books from last semester that I really need to get rid of sitting on a chair
  2. My needlecraft box (contains my sewing supplies, yarn, knitting supplies, and current projects)
  3. Way too many comic books
  4. Clothes I need to put away but have yet to do so because this is the kind of person I am
  5. A microwave

5 Things I’ve Always Wanted To Do in Life:

  1. Go to a Dark Sky Reserve
  2. Travel to each settled continent
  3. Actually finish a large writing project I’ve started
  4. Go to Comiket just to experience The Linecon That Is More Linecon Than AX
  5. Do a cross-country train adventure

5 Things I’m Currently Into:

  1. Comics
  2. Movies
  3. Swing dances and music
  4. Linguistics
  5. Coffee

5 Things on My To-Do List:

  1. Way Too Many Dance Events In The Next Ten Days
  2. Employment-seeking things that make me want to cry
  3. Work on the presentation I have to give next week in my ling class that just happens to fall on the same day as one of my Way Too Many Dance Events In The Next Ten Days
  4. Work on my silly non-academic coding projects
  5. Clean my goddamn room

5 Things People May Not Know About Me:

  1. I went through a really intense ballet phase when I was 6, powered entirely by Barbie in the Nutcracker. I cannot forget this because my mother likes asking me “remember when you kept walking on your tip-toes because you wanted to take ballet lessons back when you were little” every time I think I’ve forgotten.
  2. I’m a pretty sensitive and emotional person but apparently I’m really bad at emoting on my face because no one can tell anything I’m feeling unless it’s really intense or I’m just happy LOL
  3. My first fic was either a self-insert Sailor Moon fic or a mutual pining fic between two characters in an obscure early readers book that I can no longer remember; I do not know which one came first, only that it was written in a red wide-ruled spiral notebook that I sure hope to God got lost somewhere along the way when my family kept moving around apartments when I was in elementary school.
  4. The first book I refused to give back to a library and ended up having to pay a lost-book fine for was Treasure Island. I was in the second grade. The book is still sitting in my bookshelf in my room back at my mom’s house.
  5. I have taken both cello and piano lessons. I am terrible at both but regret every day that I did not stick with either instrument, particularly because I loved my cello. Why I stopped playing cello is a very long story, but why I stopped playing piano is simply because I lost time and interest LOL

don’t really have the energy to tag anyone so it’s up for grabs :)


‘Lakeside Stars’ - Llynnau Cregennan, Snowdonia by Kris Williams
Via Flickr:
My view of the milky way and night-sky over Llyn Cregennan last night - superb place to spend the night for a wild-camp. Sunrise didn’t deliver, but after sights like this that really didn’t matter :-)

Fisheye galaxy

The plane of our galactic home is only rarely visible to most people on our planet now that we live a majority urban lifestyle. As we lose our connection with the night, the last remaining connection to the reality of nature is slipping away from the majority of humanity stuck in the teeming megalopoli of the world. Even from small and spread out Montevideo I rarely glimpse it, let alone the companion galaxies of the Magellanic Clouds, though things are much better than when I dwelt in London, many years ago.

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