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 Serenity Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) Pleiades Cluster – Messier 45  

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

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

Scorpius

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

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

Nightsong

              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

A Glorious Dawn

“We on earth marvel, and rightfully so, at the daily return of our single sun. But from a planet orbiting a star in a distant globular cluster, a still more glorious dawn awaits. Not a sunrise, but a galaxy rise. A morning filled with 400 billion suns, the rising of the milky way”. “I believe … More A Glorious Dawn