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  

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Travel Theme – Silver

Ailsa's Travel Theme this week is SILVER Travel distance - 157,000 light years from Earth The Large Magallenic Cloud is a nearby irregular galaxy, once thought to be a satellite of our own. It is visible in the night sky from the southern hemisphere, on the border between the constellations Dorado and Mensa. Imaged 18 [...]

Messier 83 – Southern Pinwheel Galaxy

Messier 83 is a barred-spiral galaxy in the constellation Hydra - one of the closest and brightest spiral galaxies in the sky, and sometimes called the "Southern Pinwheel". M 83 lies 15 million light years away, has a true diameter over 100,000 light years and a luminosity of 36 billion suns. Star-forming regions exist near [...]

Sombrero Galaxy – Messier 104

The Sombrero Galaxy lies within a cloud of galaxies that extends to the south of the Virgo Galaxy Cluster. It lies approximately 29 million light years distant, and has a linear diameter of 130,000 light years. Based on the stellar dynamics in its core, a research group demonstrated in the 1990s that a supermassive black [...]

Centaurus A – NGC 5128

Centaurus A or NGC 5128 is a prominent galaxy in the constellation of Centaurus, discovered in 1826 by Scottish astronomer James Dunlop from his home in Parramatta, in New South Wales, Australia. NGC 5128 lies 11-16 million light years away, and being one of the closest radio galaxies to Earth its active galactic nucleus has [...]

5,000 Light Years from Home

Milky Way - Sagittarius Arm The center of our galaxy lies in the direction of constellation Sagittarius. This arm of the Milky Way is densely populated with star clusters and nebulae, many of which can be seen with the naked eye. The Sagittarius Star Cloud, M 24, is the densest region in the Milky Way. [...]

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 [...]