Month: December 2015

Southern Craters and Galaxies

The most stunning part of this photograph for me is that it is a familiar site from my childhood. I grew up in Darwin, Northern Territory, and I remember on many camping trips looking up into the stars to see...

/ December 27, 2015

A Dark Earth with a Red Sprite

If you told me that the Northern Lights were the only lighting phenomenon on Earth then I would have been in agreement… that was until I realised there were such things as a Red Sprite. Read more about it below (originally...

/ December 23, 2015
The Whale Galaxy

Star Streams and the Whale Galaxy

NGC 4631 is a spiral galaxy found only 25 million light-years away, toward the well-trained northern constellation Canes Venatici. Seen edge-on, the galaxy is similar in size to the Milky Way. Its distorted wedge shape suggests to some a cosmic...

/ December 20, 2015
Horse Head Nebula

The Horsehead Nebula

As human beings we always find order within chaos. Give someone a random list of numbers and they will find some kind of order or pattern. It is the same reason why when we look out to other moons, planets...

/ December 17, 2015

Tim Kopra enters space

As of just now the Astronaut Tim Kopra, Flight Engineer, has reached Space after launching on the December 15, 2015. Tim Kopra is from USA and for more information you can read all about it on http://ift.tt/1k0ib6l.

/ December 15, 2015

Tim Peake enters space

As of just now the Astronaut Tim Peake, Flight Engineer, has reached Space after launching on the December 15, 2015. Tim Peake is from England and for more information you can read all about it on http://ift.tt/224vjtp.

/ December 15, 2015

Yuri Malenchenko enters space

As of just now the Astronaut Yuri Malenchenko, Flight Engineer, has reached Space after launching on the December 15, 2015. Yuri Malenchenko is from Russia and for more information you can read all about it on http://ift.tt/224vkgU.

/ December 15, 2015
Paranal Geminids Guisard

When Gemini Sends Stars to Paranal

If you’re lucky enough to find yourself on a clear sky tonight somewhere in the Northern Hemisphere then you should forget about work or school tomorrow and head out to watch the peak of activity for he Geminid meteor shower....

/ December 14, 2015
Catalina Comet, the moon and the morning star (Venus)

Comet Meets Moon and Morning Star

  A crescent Moon and brilliant Venus met in predawn skies on December 7, a beautiful conjunction of planet Earth’s two brightest celestial beacons after the Sun. Harder to see but also on the scene was Comet Catalina (C/2013 US10). The...

/ December 13, 2015
Comet Catalina Hemmerich_1821

Comet Catalina Emerges

The Catalina comet is getting closer and closer to us right now and will reach it’s closest point in January. It’s so close at the moment that you can see it in the sky in the morning (from about 5am...

/ December 8, 2015