Australis cosmetics have given us a sneak peak at the new velourlips liquid lipstick colours they will be releasing this month! Word from them says they will be in stores mid September and online by the 11th! Velourlips are $9.95 and smell amazing! One of my favourite cruelty free brands because they are so diligent when they label something vegan! These babies are vegan and you better believe I am snagging that black and deep purple, to add to my already large liquid lippie collection! 

NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day 2015 September 4 

Milky Way with Airglow Australis 

After sunset on September 1, an exceptionally intense, reddish airglow flooded this Chilean winter night skyscape. Above a sea of clouds and flanking the celestial Milky Way, the airglow seems to ripple and flow across the northern horizon in atmospheric waves. Originating at an altitude similar to aurorae, the luminous airglow is instead due to chemiluminescence, the production of light through chemical excitation. Commonly captured with a greenish tinge by sensitive digital cameras, this reddish airglow emission is from OH molecules and oxygen atoms at extremely low densities and has often been present in southern hemisphere nights during the last few years. On this night it was visible to the eye, but seen without color. Antares and the central Milky Way lie near the top, with bright star Arcturus at left. Straddling the Milky Way close to the horizon are Vega, Deneb, and Altair, known in northern nights as the stars of the Summer Triangle.


Pierre tombale commandée par la femme de Laurence Matheson pour lui exprimer son amour éternel. La sculpture en marbre est appelée Sleeping et est l'oeuvre de l'artiste australien Peter Shipperheyn. Elle se trouve dans le cimetière Mount Macedon à Victoria, en Australie.

The colorful aurora australis (southern lights) glowing in this image were not captured at an ordinary place. It’s cold, dark and isolated with very little oxygen to breathe in the air, but the unique location makes Concordia station in Antarctica an attractive place for scientists to conduct research. For nine months, no aircraft or land vehicles can reach the station, temperatures drop to –80°C and the Sun does not rise above the horizon for 100 days.

Living and working in these conditions is similar in many ways to living on another planet and ESA (European Space Agency) sponsors a medical doctor to run research for future space missions. Many experiments will be run, including how these conditions influence blood pressure, connections in the brain and the sensitivity of eyes. There’s also a team looking for bacteria, fungi and viral colonies that could have adapted to the cold: a lot can be learned from organisms that can survive in extreme conditions and mission designers consider using them for purposes in future space travel.

Read about the crew’s life at the end of the world on the Concordia blog.
Copyright: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–B. Healey


Friga was raised beneath the aurora australis, taught by her mother that the lights were the spirits of the past, dancing down stories of their sorrows and their love. She didn’t buy into the stories, thinking they were just artful fancies to amuse the kids, until her mother passed away. That night the aurora shone brighter, pinker, and with an I-told-you-so flicker to it, rousing so many memories and unspoken feelings in Friga.
Many years have sinced passed, and it was time for her to move on, North. It pained her to leave, but she found a way to bring her mothers memory with her.

                                                                                          Sydney, Australie

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An entrancing star-tunnel capture of the lights of our Southern skies with the eerie green glow of the Aurora Australis dancing on the horizon. @richeyjtas was lucky enough to snap this night-time spectacle just outside of the town of Forth, near Devonport on Tassie’s North Coast. Tassie’s clean air and minimal light pollution make for ideal stargazing conditions across the island, and for the lucky and dedicated few, you might even catch a glimpse of our elusive Southern Lights. Thanks for tagging #discovertasmania, Jamie! #auroraaustralis #tasmania #seeaustralia

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 8/25/15 — Auroral Smoke

Deep within Antarctica, there’s a place about 10,607 feet (3,233 meters) above sea level called Dome C. Located on an Antarctica ice sheet, this isolated region is extremely cold, dark and very inhospitable. While it’s far from an ideal vacation spot, the conditions ultimately make it a good place for certain types of scientific research (especially that of the manned space exploration kind).

In 2005, a year-round French-Italian research facility—called the Concordia Research Station—opened there. This image from the ESA shows an aurora australis situated right above the research center, arranged in such a way that it looks like a colorful pillar of smoke.

Aurorae—otherwise known as the northern lights (or the southern lights, in this case—happen when charged particles from the Sun get caught in Earth’s magnetic field. They can come in a variety of colors, each one corresponds to a certain element present in the atmosphere. Most common is green, which corresponds to atomic oxygen. Purple—a mix of red and blue—is somewhat rare, corresponding to molecular nitrogen in the upper atmosphere. This particular one has a bit of both colors.

As the ESA notes, aurorae are a welcome sight for the people living and working at Concordia. During the winter, the 13-member crew, who are often cut off from the outside world aside from the internet and phone, don’t see the Sun for months at a time. Temperatures can dip below –112°F (–80°C) as well.

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Image Credit: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–B. Healey



I’ve recently teamed up with Australian filmmakers Timothy Wood and Tomas Wanke to do a graphic novel called Australi.

Today the creators launched a Kickstarter to help fund the project.

All the info is on the Kickstarter page.

Check it out and spread the word!