astronomy

M31: Andromeda

Andromeda. Just the word alone evokes a sense of mystery and strangeness.

Imagine, the closest major spiral galaxy to our own Milky Way. What resides there? How many of those stars have habitable planets orbiting them, swirling in the spiral arms of our cosmic neighbor?

Ever since I was a child, I have been obsessed with this galaxy. At one point in my life, I gave strong consideration to changing my name to Andromeda.

Looking back, I’m kind of glad I didn’t do that.

While writing my novel, Velvet, I fell into that sacred space that writers sometimes find themselves in…that space where something outside (or is it inside) of themselves takes over and does the writing:

“I entered my private little space, shut the door and then turned on my computer. The Mac fired up in a matter of seconds and the screen glowed with an image of the Andromeda galaxy.” ~ Velvet Riverstone in the first chapter of my novel Velvet.

Even in my novel, Andromeda makes an appearance.

What is it that keeps me spellbound? (more…)

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It’s still a planet to me

This is the very first photo of the former planet, Pluto.

I looked up the distance from Earth to Pluto and must admit, I’m actually a bit speechless. (more…)

Satellites in the sky

Have you ever been outdoors as twilight fades into darkness? If so, have you ever looked up at the heavens to see the stars and planets pop into view? Beautiful visual, isn’t it?

Now, have you ever taken time to sit and watch for satellites as they pass by overhead? No? Well, let me tell you a little about this hobby of ours.  (more…)

Carl Sagan’s Solar Powered Spacecraft

What a fitting honor to a hero of science.

http://www.engadget.com/2015/05/07/lightsail-test-flight-may-20/

Photo found at universetoday.com

The largest photo ever taken

http://www.scoopwhoop.com/news/wow-nasa

This is mind-blowing.

Awesome video of airplane crossing sun | Today’s Image | EarthSky

Awesome video of airplane crossing sun | Today’s Image | EarthSky.

Now this is something you don’t see everyday. Prepare to be mesmerized. 

 

Hubble Goes High-Definition to Revisit Iconic ‘Pillars of Creation’ | NASA

Hubble Goes High-Definition to Revisit Iconic ‘Pillars of Creation’ | NASA.

The original image of the Eagle Nebula left me spellbound twenty years ago when it was first released.

This new image of the nebula leaves me speechless.

View and let your imagination soar.