Perspective: How large is a solar flare?

Astronomy is awesome greatly due to its huge size. It is impossible for any human being – a brilliant scientist or a regular Joe alike – to wrap one’s mind around how big space really is, how tiny we humans really are on our little rock in the blackness of cosmos. A solar flare is […]

Star greater than the Milky Way?

At a party a few days ago, I was standing outside with a couple of friends viewing the incredible night sky when we started talking about the magnificent vastness of space. One of them brought up having heard of a single star that was greater than the entire Milky Way galaxy – which is pretty […]

The Beautiful Cosmos: Jupiter and Io

When talking astronomy pictures, it’s difficult to say which pictures  are ”real” and which ones are not. A great deal is obviously just computer generated or hand drawn, but the ones I post as part of the Beautiful Cosmos blog series all have some degree of validity to them. The first problem that crops up […]

The Beautiful Cosmos: Aurora Borealis from Space pt. 2

My old post with a photo of aurora borealis as seen from the International Space Station (ISS) really is nothing in comparison with this new 30-second video. The ISS is filming from above Canada, with the awesome green light reflections shimmering beneath. My old post with a photo of aurora borealis as seen from the […]

The Beautiful Cosmos: Aurora borealis from space

This is an amazing picture taken by the good folk at the International Space Station (ISS) earlier in February. Moving at such a great speed, the ISS crew experiences a total of 16 Earth dawns every day, constantly catching up with the Earth time zones. The green and blue lights at the Earth horizon is […]


Almost every night I am shocked that there’s a huge rock floating in the sky, clearly visible with the naked eye yet thousands of kilometers away. The Moon continue to capture my interest, on most nights more so than the most fantastical clusters, stars and nebulae. There is a reptilian part of my brain – […]