Matariki rising

Dunedin provided perfect weather conditions for spotting Matariki yesterday morning.

In this photo, taken at 6.30am from Portobello Rd, between Broad Bay and Macandrew Bay, Venus is the brightest light in the sky.

Below it, the bright light on the coastline is the Marine Studies Centre, and to its left on the skyline are two trees.

In the sky above the trees is the Matariki star cluster.

On the right, above the lights of Broad Bay, you can see Orion’s Belt and Puaka/Rigel.

The incredible red colour of the sky is caused by aerosols from the Tongan volcano which erupted in January this year. 



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