Today is the first day of school for my youngest daughter. So, contrary to other times, I was up. As I went outside to let the dog out, I noticed that Orion was up. Orion is quite possibly my favorite constellation, as it has so many things in it to look at.
I quickly went inside and retrieved my 10 x 50 binoculars and was able to see the Orion Nebula (M42) to some extent. The dawn was already breaking, so it was not very clear because it was fighting sunlight and morning clouds.
However, it’s good to see my old friend again. I can’t wait until I can see it in darkness again.
First up, the constellation Orion, part of the Universe Sampler Program and the Constellation Hunter program.
Scan sheets, Wikipedia, Photos.
Above is a scan of the sheet I used for the observation of the constellation Orion. It is inverted in order to better bring out the sketches.
Orion is one of the biggest constellations that just stands out, particularly in the winter sky. The other big constellation in the sky is the Big Dipper. Both are used as orientation guides when looking at the night sky and getting bearings.
Following are two links for Wikipedia articles about Orion: Orion (the constellation) and the Great Orion Nebula, which is located in the set of stars directly below Orion’s belt on the left side of the belt. These include plenty of information about this famous constellation.
Finally, here are some Orion-related photos from this observation. Click on them to see them more fully.