Laurel Nendza is the owner and creator of Stellar Eyes.
Just in time for the holidays! East of Orion lies a heavenly garden with extraordinary wonders andorned in cosmic lights. In this wide field mosaic by David Lindemann we are treated to an incredibly detailed view of the Rosette and Cone Nebula. Both are found in the constellation of the Unicorn (Monoceros) and can be viewed through a small telescope on dark winter and early spring nights.
Resting about 200,000 light-years away from our own Milky Way galaxy are two smaller galaxies teaming with millions of stars. They are the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds and can only be seen in the Southern Hemisphere as the trail beside the Milky Way. Now astronomers have the best most detailed ultraviolet light surveys ever thanks to NASA's Swift satellite.
If we have been searching for planets and life around stars outside our solar system, why haven't we found any around our nearest neighbor, Proxima Centauri? Attempts to find planets there before have failed but now in the next few years the Hubble Space Telescope will have a rare oppurtunity to seek out nearby alien worlds!
Over the weekend sky gazers were treated to an enormous full super moon and three planets dancing in the night sky. Even non-space enthusiast stop and pointed in wonder at the huge orange moon rising on the horizon.
A true Stellar Eye, the Ring Nebula has amazed us for years and seems as if the universe is looking back at us as we gaze at it. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced the most detailed observations ever of the Ring Nebula (Messier 57). This image reveals intricate structure only hinted at in previous observations, and has allowed scientists to construct a model of the nebula in 3D — showing the true shape of this striking object.
This is the newest image gifted to us Earthlings by the Hubble Space Telescope, a tale of two galaxies merged together as one. Catalogued as 2MASX J05210136-2521450 this majestic galactic treasure is certainly deserving of a more exciting name. As it's bright nucleus shines inside a cocoon of brightly lit swirls of hot dust and gas new stars are flashing into life.
How many rings do you see in this striking new image of the galaxy Messier 94 (NGC 4736) as seen by the infrared eyes of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope? While at first glance one might see a number of them, astronomers believe there is just one.
Usually any news from NASA's Kepler Mission is exciting new exo-planet discoveries. Yesterday's news was not very good.
Night sky enthusiast have all at one time or another heard of the Pleiades, also called the Seven Sisters. Did you know there is a Southern Pleiades? While looking at Jason Brown's beautiful night sky photos I came across one titled "The Southern Pleiades". Perplexed I quickly asked Jason, who is my southern sky guy, about it and said "The Southern Pleiades is that even a thing?" He said yes indeed it was a thing. It happens to be a pretty amazing thing from the Southern Hemisphere I found out.
Jason first picked up a camera in anger 4 years ago, and being of a slightly fanciful, nerdy, SF bent, immediately pointed it at the stars. He was disappointed. But he persevered, and now he has finally managed to point the damn thing somewhere other than UP.
Jason lives in New Zealand and it is this fact that finally dragged the camera earthwards. It's one of the most beautiful places on Earth, especially at night. By day, Jason works as a computer-graphic artist and technical director for a boutique animation studio, but that's just his day job. Jason runs a Canon 60D with 2 fast Samyang lenses, and is in the process of lifting his work to the next level - Air & Darkness Photography being level 2.
While not adventuring in darkness or searching for Photographic XP, Jason hangs out at home and plays Minecraft with his sons.
To check out Jason's photos and to purchase a print visit our Photo Gallery.