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Auckland, New Zealand from space.

It’s not very often that the international space station floats over New Zealand during the day but astronaut Scott Kelly got a good one.  Kelly is taking one for all man kind by spending a whole year in space see the effects it has on the human body. Here is what he tweeted: #Auckland #NewZealand, […]

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Canberra Deep Space Centre, cold and foggy.

Australian weather is just as unpredictable as New Zealand sometimes.  This morning a blanket of thick fog descended into the valley. Photo: NASA Deep Space Network

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The night sky, constellation spotting.

It’s quite intimidating to think that we only see a small portion of the stars in the milky way.  How many exoplanets are out there with intelligent life on them.  Did they evolve much like we did? Did we evolve on earth or are we from someplace else? Source: NASA  

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The moon on the 24/03/2015

I looked out my window this evening and thought I could get a quick snap of the moon.  Out of the few that I took this one came out the best.  Taken tonight at 2030.  I’m slowly getting the technique down.  It’s going to be interesting when I get a lens with a longer focal […]

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How small we really are.

When you’re looking at the night sky and you find the constellation Orion think about how small you really are in the grand scheme of things.  Rigel and Betelgeuse stand out as markers for the light that the emit. Check out their size compared to the sun in our solar system. Photo Credit: NASA.

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The moon on the 06/03/2015

I’ve always liked taking photos of the moon.  There is something about sitting outside being eaten by sandflies watching the sky to get that perfect shot.  I don’t have any flash equipment but my EOS 600D in manual mode was with it’s default lens was up to the task. Against the black sky the moon […]

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I’ve arrived at “The Dish”

Standing next to this thing makes you feel really small. “The Dish” as it’s called is a 64-m diameter parabolic radio telescope with a focal length of 27.4 m.

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Parkes, CSIRO Radio Telescope.

As soon as I was checked into my motel Kim and I headed down the road in search of “The Dish”. My excitement was building because this was my whole reason for coming to Australia. Seeing a goal I’d planned for be achieved and a dream come true is always an amazing feeling. CSIRO’s Parkes […]

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