Laurel Nendza

Laurel Nendza

Laurel Nendza is the owner and creator of Stellar Eyes.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 4:05pm -0400

A Jellyfish in the Cosmic Ocean: The Jellyfish Nebula

Carl Sagan famously once said "The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. 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."

Monday, May 6, 2013 3:57pm -0400

VegaStar Carpentier


Passionate Astronomy since Childhood, Vegastar embarked on Photography two years ago.
She likes to give another look, tame the light of the Sun and the Moon while combining nature, where a mixture Artistic View and Spirit merge ...Her interest: Making Astrophotography an "Art"!

Check out VegaStar's photos: Photo Gallery

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Thursday, April 25, 2013 12:30pm -0400

Fly With Voyager to Interstellar Space!

The public will be able to fly along with NASA's Voyager spacecraft as the twin probes head towards interstellar space, which is the space between stars.

NASA's Eyes on the Solar System program, a Web-based, video-game-like tool to journey with NASA's spacecraft through the solar system, has added a Voyager module that takes viewers along for a ride with Voyager 1 as it explores the outer limits of the heliosphere. Time has been sped up to show one day per second. Rolls and other maneuvers are incorporated into the program, based on actual spacecraft navigation data. The charged particle data are also shown.

Friday, April 19, 2013 11:58am -0400

Happy 23rd Anniversary Hubble!

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope was launched with the Discovery Space Shuttle on April 24th 1990. Since then Hubble has wowed Earthlings with breathtaking cosmic images and changed our view of this vast universe.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 12:38pm -0400

What Might Other Planets Look Like in Our Sky?

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We've seen the cool photos of what it would look like from Earth to see the other planets in our sky. Imagine standing in awe on a street corner as you gazed at Jupiter or Saturn above the horizon. This is a great video that shows what it might look like. Enjoy!

The videographer intentionally left out Mercury and Pluto because they would probably look just like our own moon. 

Here are some fun facts, by the videographer, to go along with the video:

  • We would not be engulfed by Jupiter or any other planet, Jupiter's radius is 71,490 km and the distance to the Moon is 384,000km.
  • We would suffer from really really horrible tides, and Volcanoes And some pretty bad Radiation from Jupiter. It *could* strip away our atmosphere, but haven't done the math. Eventually our planet would become tidally locked (that is the same side of Earth would always face Jupiter. we would Still have some bad tides and volcanoes from being in a slightly ellipitical orbit, and from the other moons of Jupiter, and the Sun having tidal influence. I have not calculated how bad the Tides would be. A Simple guess would be at Least 300 times more exaggerated than they are now, This figure could be way off, it's simply an educated guess.
  • We would not be in the rings of Saturn. Or to rephrase that, we would not be in any of the Visable rings of Saturn, There are some very very faint rings that strech out far that we would be in, but i did not model them.
  •  We would not be crushed by the Gravity of Jupiter, This is not how orbiting works!.
    However, at the Roche limit, we WOULD become a new ring system, The Roche limit is *about* 36,000km above the "surface" of Jupiter or 106,000km from the center of Jupiter. So, to reiterate if the center of Jupiter was 106,000km away from the center of the earth, Our planet would become a new Ring system of Jupiter.
  • Orbiting! Yes! we would be a moon of Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune. They are much more massive than the Earth. Venus is about the same size of the Earth and we would orbit around a center point between us.

    The video was made by yetipc1    To see the original video on YouTube Click Here.
Friday, April 12, 2013 2:48pm -0400

A Cosmic Rose: The Rosette Nebula

"A rose by an other name would smell as sweet" from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, 1600.

The delicate petals of this cosmic rose cradle newborn suns in her stellar nursery. The Rosette Nebula, also known as NGC 2237 is a young star forming complex in the constellation of Monoceros (The Unicorn). This blossoming flower stretches about 130 light years across and is 5,000 light years from Earth.

This incredibly beautiful and colorful photo was taken and processed by David Lindemann from his telescope at his home in the Swiss Alps. He has an amazing talent for capturing extraordinary images of the cosmos.

Thank you so much for being a part of the NEW Stellar Eyes website, David!

Read More on David.

See more of David's breathtaking nebula photos in our Photo Gallery.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 12:00am -0400

Turn Off the Lights and Light Up the Night.

As technology progresses we lose the magic of the night. It's a sad reality that many people never look at the stars anymore because they can't see them. They have forgotten there is a night sky at all. We can change this and bring back the awe-inspiring twinkling night that we used to have. We can fight light pollution!

Friday, April 5, 2013 5:33pm -0400

Laurel Nendza

Since I was a kid growing up in rural Alabama, I have been fascinated with space and science. My mom passed down to me her Carl Sagan books and I spent many summer nights sitting with my dad on the tailgate of his pickup truck as we contemplated the cosmos. They put the spark in me that lit an uncontrollable fire. Now my quest is to KNOW and share what I find with as many on this planet as I can!

I am not a professional astronomer or scientist but I am a space and science enthusiast. I live in Central Florida with my husband and two girls. It is a great feeling when my love for astronomy rubs off on my kids and then they talk to their friends about it.

When I get up in the morning I go to the computer and I am always greeted with exciting news about the cosmos. This lifts my spirit and gives me hope. So many people don't care about looking up at night and what the new discoveries are. I want to change that with as many people I come in contact with, especially our youth because they hold the key to how our future will be. There is so much more in our universe that needs to be discovered and every discovery made helps us understand our place in this universe. Now with endless knowledge from the internet at our fingertips and our fast developing technology we can share what we learn with each other.

I made Stellar Eyes to share the discoveries of the universe with the world. I encourage everyone to get outside and look up. Get some binoculars or a telescope and look closer. What do you see? Look it up and learn about it and then pass that information to a friend. Enjoy the mysteries of the Universe with me. Stellar Eyes is still in her infancy and my hope is she will become more successful in reaching and inspiring people than I could ever imagine.

Like Carl Sagan once said "I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way!"

Check out Laurel's photos: Photo Gallery

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 2:09pm -0400

Daniel McVey










Daniel McVey - is a resident member of the Denver Photo Art Gallery at 833 Santa Fe Dr in Denver, Colorado, an Antzl Project Photographer, and citizen of Silverthorne, Colorado in Summit County. I first became interested in photography when I was in high school. I was very interested in art but due to some trouble I got into at the high school (and to this day I swear, all I did was laugh) I was banned from art classes. Instead of art I took Photography and Print Shop Classes which helped to shape the adult portion of my life.

After high school I did not take many pictures until I bought my first digital camera which was an aim and shoot by Kodak. I began to shoot more and more and eventually felt that I had outgrown the camera and wanted to be able to do things not possible on my camera like shoot a meteor shower, the moon, stars, etc, so I bought a dslr and couple lenses which I am currently using and began to teach myself the things that I forgot and the things unknown to me with a little help from John Fielder's book, Landscape Photography: The Art of Seeing and a Photoshop class I took here at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge.

More on Daniel.

Check out Daniel's photos: Photo Gallery 

Friday, March 15, 2013 12:00am -0400

Special Tribute from one Laurel to Another: Laurel Clark, Space Shuttle Columbia

I would like to start by saying my name is Laurel. Space Shuttle Columbia, STS-107, launched on the 16 January 2003, today, 10 years ago. It was a day of smiles, butterflies in tummies and an enormous blast of rocket power to space. There were 7 crew members on board who carried out every detail of their mission perfectly.


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