EMU in the Sky

EMU in the Sky

April is a great time to try and find the Emu in the Sky.

According to indigenous legends, emus were creator spirits that used to fly and look over and protect the land.

To spot the emu, look south to the Southern Cross; the dark cloud between the stars is the head, while the neck, body and legs are formed from dust lanes stretching across the Milky Way.

While the head and neck of the Emu can be seen in the sky as early as March, it reaches its first appearance in full length after sunset in April and May, when it is seen stretching from the South to the southeast. At this time, the Kamilaroi and Euahlayi people of Northern NSW say the Emu has legs and appears to be running.

Donna the Astronomer

I am a keen astronomer lucky enough to live and work in Coonabarabran the Astronomy Capital of Australia! I am a ‘Drover’s Brat’ and discoverer of a couple of comets and asteroids. I operate Milroy Observatory and can show you how to best integrate dark sky experiences into your tourism, farm stay or AirBnB business.

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