Crowded Sky

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.” Og Mandino  

Winter Shores

“In the vast reaches of the dry, cold night, thousands of stars were constantly appearing, and their sparkling icicles, loosened at once, began to slip gradually toward the horizon.” Albert Camus

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 … More A Day will Come

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. … More Starship Earth

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  

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

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 … More The End of Fear

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 … More Ultimate Scale

Convergence

  This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is CONVERGE …   Global Star MO59 converging with Venus against a Milky Way backdrop 10 Milion Suns converging to form the Omega Cluster Winter jet trails converge above a Bathurst Dawn sky Convergence of sky and ground – Storm cell over Bathurst  

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 … More Road to the Stars

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.  

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

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

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

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

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