It’s pitch-black. We have been scratching our way through dense underbrush in northwestern Australia, guided only by the dim light from a GPS screen. The light is too weak to reveal fallen trees that fill the dry creek bed we are following, and we keep tripping over them. We are two geologists working in a remote region of the country known as the Pilbara: Djokic up front and Van Kranendonk several steps behind. Our truck, parked somewhere on a small plateau, seems a world away. We are not sure if the GPS’s batteries will hold out long enough to show us the way back. The night sky, ablaze with countless stars visible right down to the horizon, twinkles in an amazing spectacle as Jupiter dances with nearby Venus. Sadly, this spectacle provides little navigational help for two scientists fumbling their way through the Australian outback in June 2014.