Who remembers gazing out at the night sky, watching the stars and waiting for something, or someone, out there to give us a sign? As the starseeds, lightworkers and dreamers, we have always looked to the skies and found a sense of awe and comfort.
Over the years at our conferences, we have witnessed remarkable occurrences and had otherworldly experiences including at Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay and of course, Uluru.
And if we thought the skywatching was great at Uluru, it's even better at Norfolk Island! In the middle of the Pacific Ocean about 1,600km from mainland Australia, the small island is a Gold Level Dark Sky zone. With no street lights, and no large town giving off light pollution, the stars twinkle brighter than you've seen.
Norfolk Island Stargazing tour operator, Peter Davies, runs the island's astro experiences and brings stargazing groups to the Island annually.
He will be hosting a skywatch for us and pointing out some of the features of the night sky that are often not seen in the towns and cities of Australia. Having two large telescopes to get an ever closer glimpse of the cosmos is a great feature of Peter's sessions. He says "Viewing through the telescopes you will see the moon in all its majesty, Saturn's amazing rings, Jupiter's famous Giant Red Spot, Alpha Centauri double star, the Jewel Box star cluster and more".
We're excited that Peter will give our group another layer of perspective and all we need is a cloudless night, so put your intentions out there for a clear sky.
If you're good with nighttime photography, be sure to bring your camera.
A few years back Mick and I participated in an astro-photography workshop facilitated by David Magro.
Check out his work - it's stunning. He is a great teacher and we were blown away at our first attempts to capture the night sky on film (well not film these days is it, but you know what I mean!).
David is one amazing Milky Way photographer and says he's a night sky lover. His interest in astro-photography first began growing up in Glen Innes watching meteors showers, eclipses and stars from the backyard. Together with Peter Davies, we are hoping he'll come to Norfolk Island to do one of his workshops.
Well, another professional photographer who does visit regularly is Ian Rolfe who has been to Norfolk Island 16 times! Jeanette Han interviewed him for the magazine Norfolk News and asked him about his first impressions of the night sky when viewed from Norfolk Island’s platform.
“…There are fewer places in the world than the night skies on Norfolk Island that can be such a wonderful encounter. To stand and gaze into the heavens in a clear spot such as Kingston, especially near the bays and beaches and cemetery is unforgettable, and to photograph this dark night sky is an extraordinary experience….”
Ian continued to describe the climate and conditions, saying “…Norfolk offers sub-tropical balmy nights, even in the winter months, without the numbing coldness that a night in the open elsewhere might give…even in the outback and desert regions, extreme cold and heavy dew at night make it hard to photograph. The night light pollution you often get from towns and cities is completely missing, and it being an island, the coastal breezes often keep the air clear. The clarity is superb.”
Aside from gazing at the wonderment of celestial luminaries, we are always on the lookout for signs of non-human intelligence, multidimensional activity and visitors from other realms. We've seen hundreds over the years. Astronomer Gary Telford, who came to several of our skywathches at Uluru, was impressed at the level of activity he saw when he accompanied us on the Cosmic Consciousness Conference skywatches. He said he'd ordinarily be lucky to see one craft a night, but he had lost count at around 11 on the occasions he was with our tribe!
Get talking to the locals on Norfolk Island and many have had sightings that they may, or may not, decide to share with you! And with the portals around the island, there seems to be no shortage of comings and goings.
We don't know what we'll experience together as the guardians gather on Norfolk Island this equinox, but I'm sure we'll end up with something to remind us of our multidimensional selves.
COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS CONFERENCE 20-23 SEPTEMBER 2022