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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- M42: Inside the Orion Nebula
NASA ^ | April 08, 2014 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 04/08/2014 10:38:50 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

Explanation: The Great Nebula in Orion, an immense, nearby starbirth region, is probably the most famous of all astronomical nebulas. Here, glowing gas surrounds hot young stars at the edge of an immense interstellar molecular cloud only 1500 light-years away. In the above deep image composite in assigned colors taken by the Hubble Space Telescope wisps and sheets of dust and gas are particularly evident. The Great Nebula in Orion can be found with the unaided eye near the easily identifiable belt of three stars in the popular constellation Orion. In addition to housing a bright open cluster of stars known as the Trapezium, the Orion Nebula contains many stellar nurseries. These nurseries contain much hydrogen gas, hot young stars, proplyds, and stellar jets spewing material at high speeds. Also known as M42, the Orion Nebula spans about 40 light years and is located in the same spiral arm of our Galaxy as the Sun.

April 08, 2014

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; m42; orionnebula; science
[Credit: R. Villaverde, Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA]

1 posted on 04/08/2014 10:38:50 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...
This is what happens when a circus clown eats too much at Baskin and Robbins.
The Big One

2 posted on 04/08/2014 10:39:54 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I love looking at this will my lowly binoculars. Just captivating.


3 posted on 04/08/2014 10:44:45 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: SunkenCiv

Now that the weather is warming up enough for me to schedule some serious star parties, the beautiful Orion arm of the winter Milky Way is in full retreat into the sunset. :( I just love that part of the sky. There’s so many bright stars.

Off the top of my head.... (Pardon my spelling)

Sirius
Betelgeuse
Belatrix
Rigel
Saiph
Alnilam
Alnitak
Mintaka
Castor
Pollux
Regulus
Procyon
Aldebaran (& the Hyades)
Capella

Then there’s the Pleiades. Soooo many bright stars in that part of the sky. I always lament some when my observing switches over towards Leo’s droppings. :)


4 posted on 04/08/2014 10:52:07 AM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: SunkenCiv

More Orion Nebula? Who at NASA is having a love affair with Orion?

I will admit, however, that the picture is truly beautiful.

Thank you for the ping.


5 posted on 04/08/2014 10:52:15 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: SunkenCiv

That reminds me. I stepped on a frog last night in the dark.


6 posted on 04/08/2014 10:53:32 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SunkenCiv

I really love these astronomy pictures! They are fantastic.


7 posted on 04/08/2014 11:01:02 AM PDT by Vinylly (?)
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To: Vinylly

Yes, pure innocent beauty.


8 posted on 04/08/2014 11:02:21 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: KoRn

I can’t hold my still enough. :’)


9 posted on 04/08/2014 11:35:44 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Looks like a Van Gogh version of a Georgia O’Keeffe painting.


10 posted on 04/08/2014 11:38:57 AM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I see a dragon’s face just off center (up and to the left). Almost perfect too...


11 posted on 04/08/2014 11:41:28 AM PDT by Bikkuri (Molon Labe)
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To: Bikkuri

I guess I don’t know what a dragon looks like because I don’t see it. But I do see a feral hog on the right side.


12 posted on 04/08/2014 11:44:11 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter


Not the best freehand there.. but you can get the image idea now ;^) the teardrop is it's left eye, looking back our direction.. is facing toward our left shoulder.. small mouth.. some whiskers below the chin.. Winglike shape toward the back of the head.. etc.. :D
13 posted on 04/08/2014 12:24:21 PM PDT by Bikkuri (Molon Labe)
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To: Bikkuri

OK Did you see my feral hog?


14 posted on 04/08/2014 12:51:26 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

Lol.. yeah, I think so.. If I consider the 2 smaller round thingies eyes, I can see a crooked snout ;^)


15 posted on 04/08/2014 1:01:30 PM PDT by Bikkuri (Molon Labe)
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To: Bikkuri

The 2 round thingies are the nostrils in the snout. The 2 sticking up thingies are the ears, and I think he has his eyes closed. :)


16 posted on 04/08/2014 1:11:36 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: SunkenCiv

Absolutely Gorgeous!


17 posted on 04/08/2014 5:29:49 PM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: TheOldLady

Orion is a favorite of astronomers with Irish ancestry; generally they can be found between viewing sessions resting on patio furniture.


18 posted on 04/08/2014 5:36:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: MarineBrat

It’s always tempting when the overcast finally clears here (overcast is part of the joy of living in the region of the Great Lakes) to spring for a modern scope with the computerized guidance and do some viewing. But I’d probably give it the same period of attention as the rowing machine and the treadmill. ;’)


19 posted on 04/08/2014 5:39:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: cripplecreek

Hey, my frog never came home last night...


20 posted on 04/08/2014 5:39:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Vinylly

Ths one is an eyeful, eh? :’)


21 posted on 04/08/2014 5:39:40 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: TigersEye

Ear, ear!


22 posted on 04/08/2014 5:40:06 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Bikkuri

:’)


23 posted on 04/08/2014 5:40:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: left that other site
I wonder if it would work better as a wallpaper turned 90°, I'll have to try that.
24 posted on 04/08/2014 5:40:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I still have the horsehead as mine.


25 posted on 04/08/2014 5:42:17 PM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Don’t wait up.

BTW a new orbital simulator game I discovered this afternoon.

http://www.stefanom.org/spc/


26 posted on 04/08/2014 5:44:01 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: left that other site

Great, now I’ve got “Speak Softly, Love” going through my head.


27 posted on 04/08/2014 5:44:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Ha ha Ha!

Did i make an offer you couldn’t refuse?


28 posted on 04/08/2014 5:47:29 PM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Should have called it O’Ryan.


29 posted on 04/08/2014 6:06:34 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

:’)


30 posted on 04/08/2014 6:16:59 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: cripplecreek

Well, this is fun! Thanks!


31 posted on 04/08/2014 6:18:37 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
That's a bit over manipulated and over processed image..but very pretty.

Here's my Orion M-42

M-42 Orion Nebula

Canon 40D, 10" SCT, 6.3 reducer at 19X65seconds- No filters

32 posted on 04/08/2014 6:23:44 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: cripplecreek

On my second attempt, I’m over 400 points at 82 years.


33 posted on 04/08/2014 6:43:12 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: dragnet2

Nice!


34 posted on 04/08/2014 6:43:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I got to just about 2,000,000 points with a full 500 years.

High mass bodies are where the points are but they disrupt orbits badly.


35 posted on 04/08/2014 6:49:25 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Well played! :)


36 posted on 04/08/2014 8:02:21 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: cripplecreek

Oooooh, nice! I tried submitting my scores, it ran all night, didn’t work, and now the website is down.


37 posted on 04/09/2014 2:58:08 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I have always been a star-hopper, but I admit that I do enjoy observing next to a guy with a GoTo scope. Because they can always find something without fuss, or tell me if it’s high enough for a decent observation. Makes it easier for me to find it then. :)

My only complaint is if the GoTo scope is a noisy one. The early GoTo mounts from a manufacturer that will remain nameless sounded so bad that we called them coffee grinders. When at a large gathering like Pinos or RTMC I would always avoid setting up next to them.


38 posted on 04/09/2014 8:23:41 AM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks


39 posted on 04/09/2014 9:12:30 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: MarineBrat
Yeah, I have one of those coffee grinders myself. It's loud enough to wake the dead, but it gets the job done nicely. Here's my best shot of M42 so far with it:



I'm going to have to redo that this coming winter though with the new camera I just used to shoot the Lagoon.



Who needs a fancy newfangled quiet coffee grinder when the loud one still has some life left in her?
40 posted on 04/11/2014 7:38:38 AM PDT by messierhunter
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To: messierhunter

>>Who needs a fancy newfangled quiet coffee grinder when the loud one still has some life left in her?

She appears to be tracking nicely! I’m going to guess it’s Meade LX200? Back 20-sometehing years ago I worked for Meade’s chief rival.


41 posted on 04/11/2014 11:38:15 AM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: MarineBrat

You got it, LX200 Classic, no fancy GPS, autostar, or “ACF” optics. I assume by the chief rival you mean Celestron? They seem to have fared better than Meade over the years. I still wouldn’t trade my LX200 for anything though. Just got a used SBIG and I may get a fancier wide field refractor for it at some point, but the base telescope it’s riding on will remain the same for as long as it lives.


42 posted on 04/11/2014 2:18:47 PM PDT by messierhunter
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To: messierhunter

Yep, worked at Celestron way back when. I was the block maker, and worked in the matching room before that. I liked the work, but the pay was lousy.

One of my favorite parts of the job was our yearly factory sale, when we’d sell all of our “junk.” I’d get the before and after sale deals. I also drove the truck for the Riverside Telescope Maker’s Convention, and was always there manning our tables. Those were fun times.

Amateur astronomy has filled my life with fun and adventure.


43 posted on 04/11/2014 2:52:12 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: messierhunter

Oh, and as far as my rig.... been using the same 14.5” f5.5 Newt for about 20 years now. Sono tube, Dob mount, Osypowsky equatorial platform. It’s strictly a visual rig. The focus is so close to the tube that there’s no way you could get a camera to focus anyway. :)


44 posted on 04/11/2014 2:56:17 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: MarineBrat

Oh that’s nice, I love big Dobs. I live in an apartment and don’t have room for such a thing, I need maximum portability in my setup, plus I got bit by the photography bug.


45 posted on 04/12/2014 10:43:30 AM PDT by messierhunter
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To: messierhunter

Schmidt Cass scopes are great for photography. You can hang all kinds of stuff on the short tube without throwing the whole thing out of kilter, and you can push the focus way out of the tube to reach focus for just about any camera. Newts get out of balance so easily, and when optimized for planetary viewing you can’t even use a binocular viewer without using a Barlow to push the focus further out of the tube.

I used to take our (Celestron’s) new scopes home for testing and evaluation, and I enjoyed all of the gadgets that you could use with a Cass. From 5” to 14”, and even a 22” which was very rare, I got to play with them.

That was back when the internet was just getting started in the early 90’s, and I was our unofficial “rep” on Genie and Compuserve.


46 posted on 04/13/2014 9:54:56 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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