There will be Stars

"There will be stars over the place forever; Though the house we loved and the street we loved are lost, Every time the earth circles her orbit On the night the autumn equinox is crossed, Two stars we knew, poised on the peak of midnight Will reach their zenith; stillness will be deep; There will [...]

The Graceful Light of Stars

"Everyone has his dream; I would like to live till dawn, but I know I have less than three hours left. It will be night, but no matter. Dying is simple. It does not take daylight. So be it: I will die by starlight” Victor Hugo

Searching for Heaven

'At least for a while,' said Elrond. 'The road must be trod, but it will be very hard. And neither strength nor wisdom will carry us far upon it. This quest may be attempted by the weak with as much hope as the strong. Yet such is oft the course of deeds that move the [...]

A Day will Come

All this world is heavy with the promise of greater things, and a day will come, one days in the unending succession of days, when beings, beings who are now latent in our thoughts and hidden in our loins, shall stand upon this Earth as one stands upon a footstool and laugh and reach out [...]

Starship Earth

"On this shore, we've learned most of what we know. Recently, we've waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return, and we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We're made of star stuff. [...]

Awe and Wonderment

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” Albert Einstein  

Nights of Wonder – Summer Shores

"We shall find peace. We shall hear the angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds." Anton Chekhov (1860 - 1904), 1897 Waiting to view the Geminids at 3am on Nelson Beach, Jervis Bay .... The sea mist and clouds remained with no comet dust, but there was compensation.

Night Shores – Moonglow

"One summer night, out on a flat headland, all but surrounded by the waters of the bay, the horizons were remote and distant rims on the edge of space. Millions of stars blazed in darkness, and on the far shore a few lights burned in cottages. Otherwise there was no reminder of human life ...... [...]

The Ornate Serenity of Stars

"Even these stars, which seem so numerous, are, as sand, as dust, or less than dust, in the enormity of the space in which there is nothing. Nothing! We are not without empathetic terror when we open Pascal’s Pensées and read, 'I am the great silent spaces between worlds." Carl Sagan Inspired by WordPress Photo [...]

Night Shores – Stairway to Heaven

“In extraordinary times, the ordinary takes on a glow and wonder all of its own” Mike A. Lancaster - Human.4 Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge .... Extraordinary Imaged 2 nights ago at The Stairs near Nelson Beach, Vincentia in Jervis Bay ... at this moment down on the rocky shoreline the rising tide was lapping at my heels [...]

The Shores of Imagination

"If we can establish a Mars colony, we can almost certainly colonise the whole Solar System, because we’ll have created a strong economic forcing function for the improvement of space travel. We’ll go to the moons of Jupiter, at least some of the outer ones for sure, and probably Titan on Saturn, and the asteroids. [...]

Night Shores

“Not just beautiful, though ... the stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they're watching me.” Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge .... Monochromatic Greenfields Beach, Jervis Bay NSW

Nightscape – Nelson Beach

“Mortal as I am, I know that I am born for a day. But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the earth.” ― Ptolemy A 180 Panorama from Nelson Beach, Jervis Bay NSW - At left is the Point Perpendicular [...]

The End of Fear

It is easy to harbour a fear of the dark. We live connected to light throughout our life, and find it difficult to head out into the night away from our suburban backyard and stand under the stars. The unfamiliar, the strangeness. Alone. But Fear is the factor to overcome if you want the reward [...]

Grey Days

“It was a grey day, that least fleshly of all weathers; a day of dreams and far hopes and clear visions. It was a day easily associated with those abstract truths and purities that dissolve in the sunshine or fade out in mocking laughter by the light of the moon. The trees and clouds were [...]

Lunar Inspiration

“Her antiquity in preceding and surviving succeeding tellurian generations: her nocturnal predominance: her satellitic dependence: her luminary reflection: her constancy under all her phases, rising and setting by her appointed times, waxing and waning: the forced invariability of her aspect: her indeterminate response to inaffirmative interrogation: her potency over effluent and refluent waters: her power [...]

Mythology – The Sword of Orion

Orion is a prominent constellation located on the celestial equator and visible throughout the world. It is one of the most conspicuous and recognizable constellations in the night sky, and was named after Orion, a hunter in Greek mythology. Orion has two first magnitude stars. Betelgeuse is in the left shoulder and Rigel in Orion's [...]

View from the Shores of Eternity

Standing alone on an ink black beach before moonrise ... surrounded by the universe. The unseen ocean lapping the cold shore, and the rhythmic flashing of a lighthouse marking the passage of time. “We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We [...]

Days of Earth and Sky – Bathurst Retrospective

In a few days I will move from this place … the place where fog is born, and where the icy dawn has been my companion for many days. I truly embraced the winter cold waiting for sunrise, and the lonely silence of the night sky waiting for Scorpius and Orion. The memory of frozen hands will [...]

The Frozen Light of the Moon (2)

The full Moon sets over the frozen Thredbo/Crackenback Valley, Kosciuszko National Park 4.50am, 4 May 2015. “It was the kind of moon that I would want to send back to my ancestors and gift to my descendants so they know that I too, have been beauty.” Sanober Khan, Turquoise Silence Inspired by Ailsa's Travel Theme [...]

Next Stop Omega Centauri …

Bridge to the Stars - The Milky Way rises out of the South before dawn on Anzac Day 2015. Imaged at the abandoned Dundullimal Railway Bridge, Macquarie River, Dubbo. Decided this post might also be a left field candidate for WordPress Photo Challenge - Motion “Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the [...]

Floating like dust in the morning sky

The Milky Way floats above a pre-dawn cloudy sky in Central West NSW. Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge - Afloat The size and age of the Cosmos are beyond ordinary human understanding. Lost somewhere between immensity and eternity is our tiny planetary home. In a cosmic perspective, most human concerns seem insignificant, even petty. And [...]

Blood Moon over Bathurst

This is a stitched 2 frame image of the Blood Moon (full Lunar Eclipse) over Bathurst last night. I was imaging with a Canon 7D prime focussed in Celestron CPC 9.25, and my photographer son Craig nearby with his Canon 5D2 and Canon 70-200mm L lens. Clouds obscured any view until near totality and the window [...]

The Ephemeral Light of Stars

Inspired by WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge ... Ephemeral There are singular momentous events in the life of the universe - of star-birth and death, of colliding galaxies, massive firestorms of light that once or twice in a century illuminate the sky with fire and wonder ... but the light is ephemeral. It often comes to [...]

Carina – Birthplace of Giants

The Great Carina Nebula (NGC 3372), is the most famous star-forming region of the southern sky, spanning more than 100 light-years and is visible to the naked eye as a glowing patch in the Milky Way. The Nebula plays home for thousands of stars similar in mass to the sun and 70 O-type stars, which are stars [...]

Bridge at the Edge of Forever

“Every human generation has asked about the origin and fate of the cosmos. Ours is the first generation with a real chance of finding some of the answers. One way or another, we are poised at the edge of forever.”  Carl Sagan Imaged at the abandoned Dubbo to Molong railway bridge on the Macquarie River, [...]

Watching Stars at Dawn

A quiet hour beside the Mitchell Highway west of Bathurst this morning at 4am ... Some cloud around and occasional light from approaching trucks Canon 7D Rokinon 14mm @ f/2.8 ISO 1600 Exp 25 sec "Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to [...]

Ultimate Scale

  "The size and age of the Cosmos are beyond ordinary human understanding. Lost somewhere between immensity and eternity is our tiny planetary home.Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to [...]

Serenity 2

Serenity Standing alone in cold fields, under an ink black sky studded with diamond dust while a green comet sails silently past the blue dominions of the Pleiades ... Knowing this moment will not return for 8,000 years. In response to WordPress Photo Challenge SerenityComet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) Pleiades Cluster - Messier 45  

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Comet Lovejoy travelling through Taurus - imaged at 2200 hrs 12 January 2015 from Bathurst, NSWCanon 7D, Canon 70-200mm L @200, Piggybacked on Celestron CPC 9.25 for 15 sec, ISO 1600, f/2.8. 23 frames stacked in DSS. Processed in Lightroom.The next few weeks are best for viewing Lovejoy before the moon once again fills the [...]

The Fires of Alnitak

The Flame Nebula NGC 2024 is a beautiful emission nebula in the Constellation Orion. A broad dust lane nearly bisects the nebula, and a secondary dark lane runs from near the south end of the main rift into the eastern wing. At least a dozen stars of magnitude 10 to 12 are embedded in the [...]

Road to the Stars

  The Brewongle Road turns to dirt a few minutes from the Great Western Highway east of Bathurst, and you are suddenly alone. In the far distance are red and white car lights, the tall grass beside the road rustles in a slight breeze, hidden cows settle down in darkened fields and the city of Bathurst [...]

Dawn over Dunkeld – Waiting for Meteors

Went into the hills yesterday at 4.30am to try and catch the Orionid Meteors .... But despite seeing a few with my eyes while setting up the gear, didn't capture anything on camera. However, the approaching Dawn, the Milky Way arching overhead and a thin crescent moon rising over Stewart's Mount - coupled with the [...]

Mauna Kea

From where I am staying at Waikaloa Beach on the Big Island of Hawai'i, you look across 30 miles of desolate volcanic terrain to Mauna Kea.At sunset from here on the coast ... above the perpetual cloud layer that wreathes the summit, the domes of the Subaru and Keck 1&2 Telescopes can be seen shining [...]

Harvest Moon

Come a little bit closerHear what I have to sayJust like children sleepin'We could dream this night awayBut there's a full moon risin'Let's go dancin' in the lightWe know where the music's playin'Let's go out and feel the nightBecause I'm still in love with youI wanna see you dance againBecause I'm still in love with [...]

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 cloud [...]

Star Cities over Bathurst

 Star Cities compete with the winter lights of Bathurst, NSW - taken from Mt Rankin a few nights ago. Looking forward to October when the MW will lay low in the east (same view as here) 2 hours before dawn. Imaged with Canon 7D, Rokinon 14mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600 for 25 sec per frame. About 180deg. [...]

Star Clouds over Bathurst (Panorama)

 Out in the fields with the kangaroos behind my house on a cold but finally clear night..... The Milky Way arches over Bathurst NSW on 22 July 2014. This panorama is a 4 row mosaic (needed a 5th for the top of the MW). The Magellanic Clouds are visible beneath the arch towards the right, [...]

Sagittarius Arm at Dawn (Panorama)

I'm experimenting at the moment with different Panorama Software packages .... Currently using 2 - Microsoft Image Composition Editor (ICE) and Arcsoft Panorama Maker.This one is a 13 frame Panorama of the Sagittarius Arm of the Milky Way as it sets silently into the west just before dawn today. Imaged at 5am 9 July 2014 [...]

Star Cities on the Horizon (WPC)

 This week's WordPress Photo Challenge is Horizon  The fires of Sagittarius glow on the frozen winter horizon this morning before dawn ...A Panorama of the Milky Way stitching 10 frames together in Windows ICE. Canon 7D, Canon 24-105L, f/4, ISO 3200, 25 sec