You can also see Alpha Centauri only from the southern regions, a multiple star
system which includes Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our solar system. I
remember feeling very out of place the very first time I went to the southern
hemisphere. It was a trip to South America, and I got very confused walking around
downtown Santiago until I remembered that there the sun crosses the *north* side
of the sky. And the first time I ever saw a really clear view of the stars was
from Pretoria, South Africa. I had heard of these constellations, but had never
seen them in person. I kind of felt like I was on another planet.

Gary Smith wrote:

> One of the neatest meteors I've ever seen was in 1985 in Korea. I was
> guarding my post, watching the sky to ensure no one was parachuting in
> from the north, I saw a meteor streak across the sky, break into two,
> then watched the twin meteors in parallel zip across the sky for another
> several moments.
> Of course, the neatest thing in the sky is the Southern Cross. And when
> you see the Southern Cross for the first time, you finally know just why
> you came this way....
> I'm convinced there are more stars in the southern hemisphere, and the
> moon is bigger and brighter there, too.
> K'aya K'ama,
> Gerald/gary  Smith    gszion1    http://www
> "No one is as hopelessly enslaved as the person who thinks he's free."  -
> Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

“Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick
himself up and continue on” – Winston Churchill

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