Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Orion



Orion, sometimes called The Hunter, is one of the most noticeable constellations in the night sky. The photo above was taken by Rogelio Bernal Andreo in October 2010 and shows the surrounding nebulas of the Orion Molecular Cloud complex. Also captured is the red supergiant Betelgeuse (top left) and the famous belt of Orion composed of the OB stars Altitak, Alnilam and Mintaka. To the bottom right can be found the star Rigel. The red crescent shape is Barnard's Loop. The photograph appeared as the Astronomy Picture of the Day on October 23, 2010.

To see more amazing pictures by the photographer, click on the picture.


18 comments:

  1. So purty!! Our world is just astounding and spectacular. And Betelgeuse is not just a wacky character from a bad 80s movie. lol (Loved Beetlejuice as a kid)

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  2. It is beautiful. I would like to sometimes be called The Hunter. :)

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  3. So cool! Yeah, we can usually see it in our sky.

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  4. We must snoop that loop before the Borg get there!

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  5. Gorgeous pic! I need this for my inspiration board :).

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  6. That is such an awesome picture....it almost doesn't look real!

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  7. I love looking at photos like that. The universe is awesome. :)

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  8. The Orion nebula is amazing. I like the fact that our town turns most street lights out after midnight. The sky is so much more amazing when we turn the artificial lights down.

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  9. That's an amazing picture. Thanks for sharing so much about space. I agree with L.G. The universe is amazing.

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  10. Oh it's so beautiful!!!! The universe is big and beautiful! Take care
    x

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  11. Orion has always been my favorite!

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  12. This is such an interesting blog!

    -Fellow A to Z-er

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  13. I love to look at the stars on a clear night.
    Shawn at Laughing at Life 2

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  14. What a fabulous photo- thank you for telling the different parts- my hubby could name them all but I can't! :)
    Beautiful!

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  15. beautiful pic! Space is always fascinating!

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