The Night Sky – There is so Much to Discover

The Night Sky – There is so Much to Discover

The Night Sky – There is so Much to Discover

The night sky is our very own library in the stars. The stars and planets, galaxies, and cosmic dust are our ancestors, mythically and realistically. You see, we are truthfully made from the dust of stars.

We first learned how to live in harmony with the earth by reading from the stars. The stars and the constellations that stayed fixed in the sky from the dawn of time were and are the keeper of records, time, history, and memories.

our people, before the written word, or even language, lived a life governed by the forces of nature and the cosmic maps. By reading the planetary guide we learned how to farm, how to read time, to navigate the world, and learn our place in it. The cosmos and our starry guides are what initiated the greatest of all human endeavors, our journey back to them is still our most triumphant. 

 All we have learned since the beginning of human existence until now – started in the stars. 

Orions Belt – The warrior in the night sky.

Orions Belt – is a very easy constellation to be viewed almost anywhere in the world. For us Down Under the best place to look is 45 ° North West – best seen on a summer night.

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The Milky Way – Our Galaxy of Stars

The Milky Way – Our Galaxy of Stars

The Milky Way – Our Galaxy of Stars

Our very own city of stars, 170,000 light-years

“From once we came, we shall return”.
Emily Rack

Which one Are We?

There are two main types of galaxies, the elliptical and the spiral galaxy.

We are supposedly a spiral galaxy. We can’t take a picture from space to prove it; it would mean we would have to travel 129,000 light-years to capture it. Meaning we would need to travel 100,000 years to cross it.

“In March 2019, astronomers reported that the mass of the Milky Way galaxy is 1.5 trillion solar masses within a radius of about 129,000 light-years, over twice as much as was determined in earlier studies, and suggesting that about 90% of the mass of the galaxy is dark matter.” ( From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milky_Way)

Where exactly am I?

The Milky Way Galaxy is our home, our own metropolis of stars, all 200 billion of them.

The Milky Way is one of the billions in the universe, and not all are peaceful and life-supporting. Galaxies are places of cosmic drama and unimaginable forces that play out the birth-death of reality. Our reality only exists because of sheer luck. A unique combination of chemistry and energy, intelligence and forces outside our understanding coalesced and gave life to the universe.

My Place amongst the Planets

A sky exploded with glittered stars and scintillating planets, flickering and twinkling on a blanket of deep interstellar indigo carpet.

Dusted with the shimmer of billions of galaxies, seemingly a fingers width out of reach, a milky, dreamy cloud of sparkling wonder – The Milky Way, my galaxy of stars.

This is my home, this is where I am from.

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Glow In The Dark – Little Creatures that Light Up The Night

Glow In The Dark – Little Creatures that Light Up The Night

Glow in The Dark – Little Creatures That Light up The Night.

In the forest, along coastlines, at the deepest parts of the sea and hidden away in the quiet of dark caves are creatures that light up the night.

A unique ability to luminesce.

Blessed with the ability to self illuminate – there is a plethora of fauna and fungi with the enviable ability to glow. Their secret is a special chemical called Luciferin that they produce inside of their bodies.

 

It Could Be Lights Out for our sacred fireflies.

Today the artificial light we are immersed in – be it from a screen or the city light haze – is distorting our perception of reality, disrupting our circadian rhythms and eroding our human relationships, blanketing out the night sky and putting very special nighttime critters at risk of extinction.

Light Pollution is Killing Us

Sadly unnatural light is affecting the lives of truly wonderful critters, fireflies and other luminous insects and organisms that are at risk of extinction because there is too much artificial light in the world.

Light of My Life

Fireflies and other magical little insects that hum and fluff about in the warm night breeze are the stuff of fairy tales and myrrh, their tales glowing green and yellow, pulsing to a secret beat in an effort to attract the love of their life are one such insect with the discreet and wonderful ability to self illuminate.

Galaxies of Grubbs

Grubbs in their millions that make artificial galaxies shroud the ceilings and walls of ancient caves, and hiding along the undersides of ancient trees and quietly decaying logs are delicate universes of glowing Mycena and oyster shaped mushrooms that luminesce green in the dark of night.

Watch the video

https://youtu.be/p4YPVJ-t-6Y

 

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Glow In The Dark – Below the Midnight Zone

Glow In The Dark – Below the Midnight Zone

Glow in The Dark – Below the Midnight Zone

The Midnight Zone is a place of eternal night. 3300ft below the ocean’s surface is where no light from the sky reaches, and the sea pressure is immense. Life still exists in the dark silent realm of the deep ocean, but it is not quite what you might expect it to be.

The Dark Night of Sea

There are places so dark on this planet that no light exists, places that are silent, secret and too far deep for humans to reach. In these eery places out of sight, live creatures and critters with features not quite what we are used to closer to the daylight. Alien bodies that hang about in the abyss with which tentacles of light extrude as cables reaching out into eternity, signalling to passers-by a possible place of refuge that will lead to a grizzly end.

Lovely Lights don’t always equal sweet.

Something is comforting and intriguing about the natural light emitted by fun and harmless looking things, liked wild fungi in the forest, glow worms in caves, and the universe of blue-lit phosphorescent plankton that turn the ocean into the sky along the coast of the Maldives.

But in the far depths of the ocean, where there is no natural light, there are critters and creatures not so sweet and cute that makes use of their lighting systems.

Watch the video to find out exactly what I mean …

The Film Below is Suitable for Kids 9+.

Some Supervision is recommended as there is biological information that may be too detailed for a younger audience.

Queen of the Night

There are places so dark on this planet that no light exists, where humans can not go, and living species that are far more curious and creepy than we ever expected to see bob and hang about, adrift in the aquatic night.

The Angle Fish is the ruler of the eternal darkness; her tensile illuminated lantern moves forward and back over a gauging mouth filled with nasty sharp teeth.

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Natures Hidden Worlds – The Shy Spiders’ Garden

Natures Hidden Worlds – The Shy Spiders’ Garden

Natures Hidden Worlds – The Shy Spiders’ Garden

There are worlds of incredible beauty, colour and wonder hidden all around us, it just takes a curious mind to discover them. Miniature worlds full of living beings, that go unnoticed because we humans are too busy or have forgotten how and where to find them.

These little worlds are often found in the quietest of places, secretly tucked away from the busy world, loud noises and prowling predators like domestic cats and dogs.

Hidden in a hillside in a thin strip of native bush, I discovered one such world by accident.

The Shy Spiders’ Garden – A Short Story

There lives beneath a bloom of orange horseshoes, tucked away into the hillside, a trapdoor spider; The guardian to a miniature bush garden, filled with wild rocket and tiny, tiny bulbs of garlic and bush onions.
Every day that I visit, the once minute buds of orange grow bigger and brighter as the season of May moves forward. And the doorway to one shy spiders’ realm changes, weather depending. Sometimes the door is closed, sometimes not. When the rain comes, the door is woven shut with silk. Today it’s closed; rain is on the way.

First published in May 2021

What started as an expedition to discover what local spiders inhabited the Yarra Trail, has become a daily ritual of exploration, patience, imagination and learning.

This is the Shy Spiders’ Garden, a secret world that perhaps only I know about?
A world of miniature proportions that could and is – easily unnoticed by the usual passer-by.

 

 

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