26 February 2017 | Orion

Orion David Lindemann

Image credit & copyright: David Lindemann | Click image to enlarge or here for full-size

Image Data

  • Date: October 2015 – October 2016
  • Location: Valais, Switzerland
  • Camera: Apogee Alta U8300 /Moravian G2-8300
  • Optics: Takahashi FSQ-106ED/Canon EF Zoom 70-200
  • Mount: 10micron GM2000 HPS II
  • Filters: Astrodon H-alpha 5nm, TrueBalance LRGB
  • Exposure: 256h total exposure

Orion, the Hunter, is by far the most famous seasonal constellation. No other is more distinct or bright as this northern winter constellation. The famous Orion’s Belt makes the hunter easy to find in the night sky.

Many different civilizations saw this constellation in the sky, so there are many stories about Orion. The most famous stories come from Greek and Roman myths. Orion was a famed hunter, and in one story boasted that no creature could kill him. Hera then sent a scorpion to sting the hunter. Orion smashed the animal with his club, but not before he was poisoned. Both are now on opposite sides of the sky. They cannot be seen at the same time.

A different story tells of the love between Orion and the goddess, Artemis. One day, Orion was swimming out in the sea. Apollo, who very much disliked the man, bet his sister that she couldn’t hit the object in the sea with her bow. Artemis didn’t realize it was her lover, and shot Orion with an arrow. When she later found out what she had done, she honored the hunter by putting him in the sky.

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