Category: Image of the Day

Dust of the Orion Nebula

The Orion Nebula is located just south of Orions Belt in the constellation of Orion. The dust that surrounds it is the result of a previous super nova that forcibly sent its elements outwards and now awaits the force of...

/ January 1, 2016

Doomed Star Eta Carinae

It would be a wonderful event in our lifetime if Eta Carinae were to go super nova.  When a star goes super nova it emits enough energy to be seen during the day even with the Sun shinning bright. Eta...

/ January 1, 2016

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
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
casimir sphere

A Force from Empty Space: The Casimir Effect

This image denotes a ball that is moving even though there are no visible forces acting upon it in a vacuum (and if the image seems weird it’s because the ball is only around 1/10th of a millimetre). This small...

/ December 7, 2015