Meteor and Southern Gems

By: Wally Pacholka


Region: Australia and Pacific

Site: Easter Island - Chile

Date: March 2011

A bright meteor and the southern sky above the Easter Island, a remote Pacific land of mysterious moai statues erased from the island's yet-to-understand history. The two bright stars near the horizon are Alpha and Beta Centauri. Above them are the Southern Cross and the most prominent dark nebula in the sky known as the Coal Sack. The streaking meteor points to another gem in the southern sky known as the Carina Nebula. Wally Pacholka/

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