They forgot to mention that the southern hemisphere photographer had to hold onto a tree to avoid falling off the planet.
For those who know the constellations pretty well the inverted sky is a startling at first. Something that struck me is the different appearance of the constellation Sagitarius, AKA The Teapot. We Northerners see it near the horizon which makes it look sort of medium sized, but Ozzies see it much more overhead, which makes it seem tiny by comparison. One thing's for sure, the most impressive night sky views are Down Under, especially when the center of the Milky Way looms right overhead with its wings stretching from horizon to horizon. Now that's awesome.
Yes. As I understand it, the northern hemisphere of the planet faces away from the centre of our galaxy, so while we can get some pretty amaing stellar views, the views from the southern hemisphere make the northern views look 'blank'. Almost justifies a trip to AU or NZ just to see the stars!
Came across this today. It shows a few size comarisons, starting with the earth/moon and on up to comparing our sun to the largest known star (W Cephal, 1900 suns in diameter). Does make one feel a little small... http://img694.imageshack.us/img694/4934/spacebz.jpg
You need to zoom in on the image to make anything from it.