Based in Sydney, Australia I have been shooting photos of the night sky since 1979.
The Magellanic Cup
“Yes, folks, they’re off and racing in the 2016 Magellanic Cup. Passing the caller’s box right now is Large Magellanic Cloud, coming in close at just 160,000 light-years away. She’s a beautiful dwarf galaxy who looks pretty trim for a runner that’s carrying about 30 billion stars.
Racing off further out is the Small Magellanic Cloud, another lovely dwarf galaxy with a beautiful pedigree at 200,00 light-years distant. Carrying only several hundred million stars she’s a bit under weight today. Leading them both around the track and just inside the top of the picture is the wonderful globular star cluster 47 Tucanae, which looks like it’s gotten right away from the pack but is the closest of the three at 16,700 light-years. Those globular clusters are the ones to look out for.”
Shot with Canon EOS 6D, Canon 40mm STM lens @ f/2.8, 10 sec exposure at ISO 12,800. The caller’s box was lit with a hand-held torch (flashlight) and the high ISO of the shots makes it look brighter than it was to my eyes. The purplish tint to the sky is due to atmospheric airglow and lots of moisture in the air.