Capturing the breathtaking beauty of our night sky

Western Australia’s extensive network of national parks plays a vital role in maintaining dark skies to reveal the wonders of our solar system.

“Conserving and protecting our parks and reserves is essential so that people can experience the beauty of the stars in truly dark night skies. Experiencing the cosmos together with our special Western Australian landscapes is such a memorable experience,” said WA based astrophotographer Dr John Goldsmith.

“Western Australia is extremely well placed to experience and enjoy superb views of the southern night sky.

“Today, more than half of the world’s population can no longer see the stars clearly, due to the impact of excessive city and urban lighting. Astro tourism is growing as international visitors increasingly discover the joys of stargazing in our vast State.

“Western Australia’s relative remoteness enables us to see superb clear dark sky views of the cosmos, views that should be protected for the benefit of our current and future generation,” he said.

Dr Goldsmith, from Celestial Visions, has published his second book of Western Australian astrophotography.

“The Universe. Yours to discover. Volume 2″ is a collaborative publication showcasing the work of 31 established and emerging astrophotographers.

Designed and produced in WA to celebrate the first ten years of the Astro Rocks Fest Astrophotography Exhibition, it features beautiful, evocative images of the cosmos, including some very special landscapes in Western Australia such as the Pinnacles in Nambung National Park, Lake Ballard, the Kimberley, the South West and beyond.
Featured also are the Sun, Moon, planets, and deep space objects including star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.

Dr Goldsmith’s new collaborative exhibition “The Universe. Yours to discover” featured at the Mount Magnet Astro Rocks Fest in September 2019 and was also Australia’s only nominated Global Astronomy Month initiative.

Volumes 1 and 2 of “The Universe. Yours to discover” are available for online purchase at: 

Picture: “South celestial pole star trails and natural arch landscape” by Dr John Goldsmith