There is No Man in the Moon in South Africa?

Calling all South Africans! I have many questions for you today…

Can you tell me your favorite constellations and places to view the night sky?

I’ve already looked up the observatories online (and am loving the SAAO website), but if I’ve figured out one thing about South Africans, it’s that each of you have great off-road, off-the-beaten-path places that you KNOW are best!

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Supermoon over Bronkhorstspruuit Dam.
(c) 2014 Kitty Burton. All rights reserved

For my monthly column over at Expat Focus, I decided to write about the differences I see between the northern hemisphere sky and southern hemisphere sky. I’d love for you to read it and add to the list of night sky observations I should look for:

There is No Man in the Moon in South Africa

Then please do comment (either there or here) and tell me what you love most about the night sky (northerners feel free to chime in on your favorites as well!), and your favorite star-gazing spot.

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Blood red moon in the Northern Hemisphere. Venus is near the moon and Mars is in the upper right of the photo. Photo courtesy of Roxanne Livengood. (c) 2014 Tim and Gudrun Hinderberger

Next question: I have a Canon EOS-60D and am headed out to purchase a cable release so I can have an open shutter. Any sky photography tips? I want to take both still shots of the sky as well as a swirly star trail.

We leave for Kruger again (our 5th trip since we moved here!) in a few days for a special birthday trip. Since it’s a birthday trip for me, Kurt conceded the choice of what to see and where to stay to me. So I booked! My goals this trip are to see birds and rock pythons. Can you guess which area I’m headed?

Love, Marla

P.S. My friend Claire tells me to heck with the man in the moon as long as you can see the rabbit. So I looked again…

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I see the rabbit! Do you? (c) 2013 Marla Sink Druzgal.

5 thoughts on “There is No Man in the Moon in South Africa?

  1. There is a rabbit and a sideways face! The rabbits head is the one eye and its tilting to the left, or the viewers right! You can see a nose and a mouth! 😉

    1. Thanks, Matthew. I see what you’re mentioning.
      It’s wonderful. It’s like looking at one of those puzzles of a picture within a picture.
      Now that I see the face I have to focus again to see the rabbit. Love it. 🙂

  2. That’s really cool…I’ve heard Australians referring to the “rabbit” in the moon also! Hope you have a great birthday trip!!

      1. Yea, I see a very “cartoonish” (Simpsons-esque) face wearing sunglasses facing down and left.
        kinduv “Mr.Burns after an eye exam”!

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