“Vela supernova remnant” – Ian Griffin


Photo taken at Mount John Observatory, Te Waipounamu, Aotearoa New Zealand, September 2020

Matariki / Māori New Year


The Pleiades / Matariki rise July 13-16 2020, marking the beginning of the Māori New Year in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Matariki is a shortened version of Ngā mata o te ariki o Tāwhirimātea, or ‘the eyes of the god of wind, Tāwhirimātea’. In the Māori language, Matariki is both the name of the Pleiades star cluster and also of the season of its first rising.

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Matariki rises over Aoraki Mount Cook. Photo credit: Ian Griffin

“The Hanged Woman Returns North” – Jen Lund


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Prawn Nebula, Ic4628 in Scorpius


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As seen from the UCNZ Mount John Observatory, Aotearoa New Zealand.

International Space Station (ISS) LEGO model by SpaceBase co-founder Eric Dahlstrom


Milky way over White Sands, New Mexico – Photo Credit: Jaxson Pohlman


Voyager 1 and 2: and their messages for extraterrestrial intelligence, perhaps billions of years from now.


In 1977, NASA launched two spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, on a grand tour of the solar system and into the mysteries of interstellar space. Attached to each of these probes is a beautiful golden record containing a message for any extraterrestrial intelligence that might encounter it, perhaps billions of years from now.

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“Hillary Institute confirms Tim Jackson as its 2016 Laureate”


Hillary Institute of International Leadership

“Ecological Economist & Playwright” Tim Jackson is the 2016 Hillary Laureate for exceptional mid-career Leadership in “Capital for Change”. Jackson, director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity at the University of Surrey (UK), is the Institute’s 7th annual, global Laureate since 2009.

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“Pale Blue Dot monologue” – Carl Sagan


Carl Sagan’s iconic Pale Blue Dot monologue is based on the seminal photograph of Earth taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft in 1990:

Jupiter (NASA-Voyager recording)