Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- M42: Inside the Orion Nebula
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.
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[Credit: R. Villaverde, Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA]
I love looking at this will my lowly binoculars. Just captivating.
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)
Aldebaran (& the Hyades)
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. :)
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.
That reminds me. I stepped on a frog last night in the dark.
I really love these astronomy pictures! They are fantastic.
Yes, pure innocent beauty.
I can’t hold my still enough. :’)
Looks like a Van Gogh version of a Georgia O’Keeffe painting.
I see a dragon’s face just off center (up and to the left). Almost perfect too...
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.
OK Did you see my feral hog?
Lol.. yeah, I think so.. If I consider the 2 smaller round thingies eyes, I can see a crooked snout ;^)
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. :)
Orion is a favorite of astronomers with Irish ancestry; generally they can be found between viewing sessions resting on patio furniture.
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. ;’)
Hey, my frog never came home last night...
Ths one is an eyeful, eh? :’)
I still have the horsehead as mine.
Don’t wait up.
BTW a new orbital simulator game I discovered this afternoon.
Great, now I’ve got “Speak Softly, Love” going through my head.
Ha ha Ha!
Did i make an offer you couldn’t refuse?
Should have called it O’Ryan.
Well, this is fun! Thanks!
Here's my Orion M-42
Canon 40D, 10" SCT, 6.3 reducer at 19X65seconds- No filters
On my second attempt, I’m over 400 points at 82 years.
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.
Well played! :)
Oooooh, nice! I tried submitting my scores, it ran all night, didn’t work, and now the website is down.
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.
>>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.
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.
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.
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. :)
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.
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.
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