Lights in the Sky

  Last night (5 Aug 14) I was imaging the quarter moon through the Celestron at about 7.17pm in Bathurst NSW … and looking to the west I noticed a large misty cloud like patch in the vicinity of Spica. There was no obvious movement at that time. Binoculars didn’t do much to resolve the … More Lights in the Sky

Threshold …

This week's Challenge is to interpret the concept of Threshold …… Angels with a flaming sword were set as sentries at the gates of Paradise to bar our return. The gardeners became exiles and wanderers. We find ourselves on the threshold of a vast and awesome Universe that utterly dwarfs—in time, in space, and in … More Threshold …

Stellar Nursery

Tides of light formed by clusters of massive young hot stars illuminate the hot gases of the Tarantular Nebula in this image taken last night. NGC 2070 is the largest and brightest emission nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), and one of the largest emission nebulae known. Considering its distance of about 160,000 light … More Stellar Nursery

Venus over Kosciuszko – 2

Thredbo Valley – Lake Crackenback 15 October 2013 This is another image taken the same night as previous post …. Slightly different viewpoint, a very brief break in the clouds that persistently wandered across the sky and in landscape mode. Snow can be just seen on the ridge of the Ramshead Range.  

September Moon

The terminator cuts through the Sea of Showers (Mare Imbrium) and Sea of Clouds (Mare Nubium) …. Imbrium being the landing place for Luna 2 & 17 and Appolo 15. Prominent craters around Imbrium are Plato on the southern edge and Copernicus and Eratosthenes in the north. The long, graceful arc of the Montes Appeninus … More September Moon

Southern Milky Way

Looking south into the Sagittarius_Carina Arm of the Milky Way as it rises above the Ophir Road, in Bathurst NSW Australia. Yellow-white Alpha Centauri lies at centre of the image – the 3rd brightest star in the southern sky and the closest star to our own at 4.3 light years. Below Alpha C lies the … More Southern Milky Way

Parkes Observatory

The Parkes Observatory is a radio telescope observatory, 20 kilometres north of the town of Parkes, New South Wales, Australia, and was one of several radio antennas used to receive live, televised images of the Apollo 11 moon landing on 20 July 1969. It was featured in the 2000 film The Dish, a fictionalised account … More Parkes Observatory

Searching for Infinity

Look skyward now… and see above…Infinity Vast and dark and deep and endless….your heritage: Silent clouds of stars, Other worlds uncountable and other suns beyond numbering and realms of fire-mist and star-cities as grains of sand…. drifting… Across the void…. Across the gulf of night…. Across the endless rain of years…. Across the ages…. Come … More Searching for Infinity


The constellation of Scorpius (Latin for “scorpion”) lies in the western part of the Milky Way – is best seen from June to August, and was listed by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy in the second century AD. The heart of Scorpius is the red giant star Antares …. the 15th brightest star in the sky. … More Scorpius

The Scorpion’s Sting

The stars that comprise the sting of constellation Scorpius …. Sargas, Iota Scorpii, Kappa Scorpii, Shaula and Lesath shine through the star clouds of the Milky Way. Shaula is the second brightest star in Scorpius and the 25th brightest star in the sky and approximately 700 light years distant from the solar system. Sargas is … More The Scorpion’s Sting

Messier 41

Messier 41 (NGC 2287) is a large, bright, open cluster located in Canis Major just south of the star Sirius. It has a visual magnitude of 4.5 and contains about 100 stars, scattered over an area 38' in diameter. The brightest, situated near the cluster's center, is of magnitude 6.9. On clear dark nights, M … More Messier 41

Evening in Eden

Now came still evening on, and twilight gray Had in her sober livery all things clad; Silence accompanied; for beast and bird, They to their grassy couch, these to their nests Were slunk, all but the wakeful nightingale. She all night long her amorous descant sung: Silence was pleased. Now glowed the firmament With living … More Evening in Eden

Southern Cross

Crux, the Southern Cross, is the most famous southern constellation and the smallest constellation in the sky. The Southern Cross points to the South Celestial Pole. Crux was lost to northern inhabitants after precession took it below the European horizon, but helped guide early European mariners into the Southern Hemisphere. After it was lost to … More Southern Cross

Milky Way Quartet

    The southern region of the Milky Way is studded with nebulae and clusters. This image taken at 10pm on 15th January 2013 includes 4 within its field of view: The Carina Nebula – NGC 3372 NGC 3372, the Eta Carinae Nebula, also known as the Great Nebula in Carina, is a large bright … More Milky Way Quartet

The Orion Complex

    The Great Orion Nebula (M42) at top of this wide field image is a small part of a much larger cloud of gas and dust that extends over 10 degrees, covering half of the constellation Orion. This much larger nebula is known as the Orion Molecular Complex. The OMC extends several hundreds of … More The Orion Complex

Neighbour Galaxy

The Small Magellanic Cloud NGC 292 with Globular Cluster 47 Tucanae ….. morning sky 4 January 2013. At a distance of 200,000 light years, The SMC is the Milky Way's fourth nearest neighbour. The SMC has a diameter of about 7,000 light years and contains several hundred million stars. It has a total mass of … More Neighbour Galaxy


              As the hours of this year tick away ….. A gallery of images from 2012 for those who love stars    

Celestial Laboratory

The Large Magellanic Cloud – A Neighbor Galaxy to the Milky Way. Approximately 160,000 light years distant, the LMC is the 3rd closest galaxy. It has a diameter of 14,000 light years. The LMC and its neighbour the Small Magallenic Cloud were certainly known to ancient southern explorers, however it was Ferdinand Magellan whose sighting … More Celestial Laboratory