one of the great things about the outback is … the night sky. there is very little if any light pollution like we find in the bigger cities. in europe i don’t think you will see anything like this – ever.
have a look at this. on the very right side of the picture in the middle you see the southern cross. you can also see the emu’s head, right at the lower left side of the southern cross. then, if you follow the milky way further to the left, you can see the emu’s body stretched out, all over the night sky. the emu is the outline around the dark patches, where gas clouds obscures the stars.
the emu plays a big role in aboriginal culture, although not in the same way in all aboriginal groups. the ranger in mungo national park explained how the emu showed them when to collect the eggs and when to stop doing so.
it’s an amazing view.