Star gazing

One of our favorite sightings are the stars at night with no moon. Because we are in such a remote place we can see the faintest stars, distant galaxies like the Large Magellanic Cloud (160´000 light years away) and even the mysterious Zodiacal lights.
In this picture you see carandá palm trees (Copernicia alba) in the foreground and a short stretch of the milky way.
If you go left from the top palm crown you will find the southern cross (Crux), a constellation we use to know where south is. Right below the southern cross is a dark nebula called the Coalsack, lying 600 light-years away from us. It is formed by interstellar dust grains and thus blocks the light of stars behind it. These nebulas can be "birthplaces" of new stars.