Under a marmalade moon

we go walking you and I.

 heads up in a field of stars!!

but we must wait till the mother moon sleeps 

To meet the 7 sisters 

only 440 light years down the Orion road

Oh!  and where did we park the car!!?

Hoping to get out there for some star shots at some point.

Astronomy Bites (and bits)

You ask me where is the Andromeda galaxy and I point – just turn left at Cassiopeia. She is  the Queen whose vain boasts unleashed a curse from the gods and as a sacrifice, her  daughter Andromeda is chained against the sky waiting forever to appease a sea monster from below.

Now go left cautiously!!  But never fear! Perseus is rising up from the north, his sword drawn, coming to the rescue. In August he showers the sky with the arrows of his wrath as the Perseid meteor shower.

The moon will not be outshone and so when she holds court, all the other heavenly courtiers must  bow and wear less glowing finery.

The faint light of the Andromeda Galaxy or M31 can be seen with binoculars on a dark night, and sometimes with the naked eye. In the moon’s light our sister galaxy is not visible, but when she is seen, she hangs like a curl of angel’s hair on, as Shakespeare called it, “the cheek of night.”

 Venus like the moon dances in shadow light.  Bottom center in her quarter phase

venus phase
quarter phase of Venus taken with Canon EOS T4i
Blood Moon or Eclipse – Canon EOS T6i and tripod

this is what andromeda galaxy looks like through a medium size telescope  (image by Ted Van)

they mystic’s dream by Loreena McKennitt

Something Scary

Andromeda is a sister galaxy but beware!  Like ancient rival mythological siblings or warring angels she may be out to annihilate us, as she is on a collision course with our own galaxy.  Apolcalypse, like the battle for the heavens  is coming,  but not for a few billion years yet. 🙂

Background: ( astronomy)

our solar system is located on the Orion arm of the milky way galaxy. Many of the stars we see are  in that area.  The Perseus arm is a major arm of the galaxy and located there is a beautiful nebula called The crab nebula. It is the spectral remnants of a super nova whose cosmic explosion was witnessed and recorded by the Chinese  in the 11th century CE. It was like a sun in the night sky.  The star actually exploded  previously but the light of that explosion only reached us 6000 years later. That’s the distance it is from us!!  Can you imagine!! That’s why I love astronomy!! It boggles the mind.

Our galaxy is part of a group of galaxies called the local neighbourhood. When we see the Andromeda galaxy we are looking at her past and what she was 2.54 million light years ago.

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38 Comments Add yours

  1. Great post about astronomy! 🙂 Thank you. I love astronomy too.


  2. Well, unless there’s such a thing as reincarnation, hopefully none of us will be around as terrestrial beings when the galaxies start playing celestial bumper cars!


  3. Aquileana says:

    Great interpretation here.
    I really enjoyed the implicit analogies with ancient Greece.

    Venus like the moon that illuminates love and that was also called Aphrodite in greek mythology Andromeda as a sister rival galaxy, like foes and-or a mythological sister who may be out to annihilate us.

    Very enlightened post and wonderful photos, dear Cybele.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Best wishes to you, Cybele.
    Aquileana 😀


    1. So glad you liked it!! I thought of you when I wrote it!! 🙂


      1. Aquileana says:

        Not only I liked it: I loved it… Thanks for telling me about it, Cybele.
        Enjoy your weekend,
        Aquileana :p


  4. Beautiful – I do love the stars and the moon of course – great photo of Venus.


  5. Maria F. says:

    Breathtaking light!


  6. Beautiful photos and great story and information! Love the post, Cybele! 🙂


    1. Glad you liked it Linda!! Thanks so much!!


  7. lauramacky says:

    So beautiful! I love the story too. 🙂


    1. thanks Laura!!! I love astronomy and travelling the cosmos!!!

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      1. lauramacky says:

        Is it expensive? 😉

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Yes, but I use coupons! 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  8. Fabulous story Cybelle and the photos too, very impressed! Thank you for share.


    1. I love the starry skies and constellations!! I’m glad you enjoyed the story!! Thank you Della for your encouraging comments!


  9. I really like you photograph of the full moon. It looks romantic.


    1. thank you Klaudia!! Very romantic!


  10. Maverick ~ says:

    “…but when she is, she hangs like a lock of angel’s hair on, as Shakespeare called it, “the cheek of night.” Very nice and I liked the aura of the marmalade moon.


    1. thanks so much Maverick!!!


  11. Tracey says:

    Great post!!! Love all the photos 🙂


    1. Thank you Tracy!! But oh the moon!!! Quite a display this month!


      1. Tracey says:

        Oh yes! She was absolutely beautiful. I got quite a few photos myself 🙂


  12. Amy says:

    Hi Cybele, This is exactly the color of the moon I saw on Saturday, but I couldn’t capture it. Thank you!!!


    1. yes, very orange!! I love this moon too!! Thanks Amy!!


  13. I loved this post for beginning to end Cybele.


    1. thank you so much Michael. I love my amateur astronomy mixed with myth and prophecies lol!!


  14. Robyn G says:

    A fabulous post Cybele – gorgeous images!


    1. thanks Robyn!!I’m an amateur astronomer but would like to take star shots!!


      1. Robyn G says:

        Just do it 😀 lol
        Oh maybe that’s someone elses theme 😛
        I love whatever you do!!


      2. I will try, have to wait for the moon to leave the building!! Thank you Robyn!!


      3. Robyn G says:

        Good luck Cybele 🙂


  15. Beautiful images – the light on the Hydrangea is exquisite.


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