This was interpreted by Fredrick (2008:70) as an 'emu sitting under a tea-tree', the emu being gao-ergi in the Coalsack
looked like a black stain in the sky--a WOW moment indeed.
had run creditably in a number of big races.
In Crux is the famous Coalsack
dark cloud, which is about 5[degrees] across.
Worth Viewing (binoculars or telescope) Object Type Con Orion Nebula BrtN Ori Tarantula Nebula BrtN Dor Herschel's Jewel Box OpCl Cru Eta Carina Nebula BrtN Car Omega Centauri GlCl Cen Large Magellanic Cloud Glxy Men M41 OpCl Cma M48 OpCl Hya Coalsack
DrkN Cru Fornax A Glxy For M83 Glxy Hya Centaurus A Glxy Cen Full details on pages 82 to 84 Constellations Day Constellation 01 Leo 11 Ursa Major 12 Crater 28 Corvus 30 Crux 31 Musca Date of midnight culmination.
At a distance of about 600 light-years, the Coalsack
is relatively nearby and is easily the most conspicuous object of its kind in the entire sky.
Indeed, this point falls within the Coalsack
, about 3[degrees] south of the Jewel Box.
I enjoyed some of the best sights the southern sky has to offer: the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, the Southern Cross, the Coalsack
, the Eta Carinae Nebula, and the great globular clusters 47 Tucanae and Omega Centauri.
I saw the Eta Carinae complex, the Jewel Box Cluster, the Coalsack
, Alpha Centauri, and a dozen other major southern deep-sky objects.
marks the head of an Australian Aboriginal constellation, the Emu.
Eventually the full majesty of the southern sky unfolded, with Alpha and Beta Centauri, the Southern Cross, the Jewel Box and the Coalsack
, the Eta Carinae Nebula, and the Magellanic Clouds all forming an exquisite backdrop to a storm of meteors.
On the nights following the eclipse there were other observing sessions, but the hour we spent with Centaurus A, the Eta Carinae Nebula, and the Coalsack
on eclipse morning remains etched in my memory.