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. [...]

The Gates of Day

“I saw the first light, fore-running the sun, gather in a cup of the eastern cloud, gather and grow and brim, till at last it spilled like milk over the golden lip, to smear the dark face of heaven from end to end. From east to north, and back to south again, the clouds slackened, [...]

Nightfall at the Asylum

Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, originally known as the haunted Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum is a decommissioned hospital located in Beechworth, a town of Victoria, Australia. Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum was the fourth such Hospital to be built in Victoria, being one of the three largest. Mayday Hills Hospital closed in 1995 after 128 years of operation. [...]

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.

Into the Night

“Turn your face away from the garish light of day, turn your thoughts away from cold, unfeeling light, and listen to the music of the night... Close your eyes and surrender to your darkest dreams, purge your thoughts of the life you knew before. Close your eyes, let your spirit start to soar, and live, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Belonging to the Wild Places

 Ailsa's Photography Travel Theme this week is Belonging .... Society, as we have constituted it, will have no place for me, has none to offer; but Nature, whose sweet rains fall on unjust and just alike, will have clefts in the rocks where I may hide, and secret valleys in whose silence I may weep undisturbed.She [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

WPC – Work of Art

This week's WordPress Photo Challenge is Work of Art ....“ In the fabric of space and in the nature of matter, as in a great work of art, there is, written small, the artist's signature ... there is an intelligence that antedates the universe. ”Contact - Carl SaganThe Rho Ophiuchi Nebula is a large diffuse [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

Running Chicken & the Pearl

Lambda Centauri (IC 2948) is a large emission nebula between the the Southern Cross and the rich Carina region, around the star Lambda Centauri. The nebula spans about 70 light-years. Star Cluster (IC 2944) is a site of active star formation, with a sprinkling of bright stars. Lambda Centauri is a prominent Magnitude 3 star [...]

Rosette Nebula and Cluster NGC 2244

The Rosette Nebula is a large, circular emission nebula in the constellation Monoceros. It surrounds a cluster of hot, young stars known as the Rosette Cluster (NGC 2244). The Rosette is at a distance of some 5,200 light years, near one end of a large molecular cloud in Monoceros. Its diameter is about 130 light [...]

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 [...]

In the glow of Alnitak

    Alnilam and Alnitak are the bright bluish stars from west to east (left to right) along the diagonal in this image. These blue supergiant stars form part of the Belt of Orion, the third member being Mintaka (out of image to the west). Each are hotter and much more massive than the Sun. [...]