10 December 2016 | Orion Widefield

Orion Widefield

Image credit & copyright: Tom O’Donoghue & Olly Penrice 


This stunning widefield image comprising of a whopping 400 hours of data shows the Orion constellation in it’s fullest glory.

The Orion constellation is one of the brightest and best known constellations in the night sky. It lies on the celestial equator.

Orion has been known since ancient times. The constellation is also known as the Hunter, as it is associated with one in Greek mythology. It represents the mythical hunter Orion, who is often depicted in star maps as either facing the charge of Taurus, the bull, pursuing the Pleiades sisters, represented by the famous open cluster, or chasing after the hare (constellation Lepus) with his two hunting dogs, represented by the nearby constellations Canis Major and Canis Minor.

The constellation Orion contains two of the ten brightest stars in the sky – Rigel (Beta Orionis, bottom-right) and Betelgeuse (Alpha Orionis, top-left) – a number of famous nebulae – the Orion Nebula (Messier 42), Barnard’s Loop (Sh 2-276), De Mairan’s Nebula (Messier 43) and the Horsehead Nebula, among others – the well-known Trapezium Cluster, and one of the most prominent asterisms in the night sky – Orion’s Belt.

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