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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Posts Tagged ‘Orion’

Earthsky Tonight, January 21, 2010: Identify the stars

Earthsky Tonight, January 21, 2010: Identify the stars of the Winter Circle

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Tonight’s chart covers a wider area of sky than what we typically show. It’s in answer to a reader in Nashville, who wrote, I’ve heard mention of the Winter Circle of Stars. Could you list the stars in this circle? You will find these stars at this time of year by looking east-southeast in early-mid evening. Again, this is a large pattern and covers a wide area of sky, but as always it’s easiest to ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight: January 16, 2010 – See a river

Earthsky Tonight: January 16, 2010 – See a river of stars called Eridanus

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Here’s a constellation for you if you have access to a very dark sky. You won’t see this one from the city, or even the suburbs. Eridanus the River begins near the star Rigel in the constellation Orion the Hunter – and wells up in a great loop before ambling back down toward the southern horizon. Eridanus is one of the longest and faintest constellations. It’s variously said to represent the ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight, January 11, 2010: Fuzzy object near

Earthsky Tonight, January 11, 2010: Fuzzy object near Sirius is a star cluster

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org A reader wrote, On November 4, I went to study the constellation Orion, but first I had to see the star Sirius and there was a glimmer below Sirius and upon looking it seemed to be a very nice comet. Has anyone else seen this? I am a newby … (and) would like someone to verify if they see this. I am quite up and excited. It wasn’t a comet, but very likely was a lovely star cluster called ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – Jan 09 2010 Legend of the

Earthsky Tonight – Jan 09 2010 Legend of the celestial Hunter and Scorpion

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org At this time of year, Orion the Hunter is rising in the east-southeast in early evening. Notice its short, straight row of three medium-bright stars. These stars represent Orion’s Belt. On old sky maps, Orion is holding up a shield, fending off the constellation Taurus the Bull, which rose earlier. In the lore of the sky, Orion is also connected to the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion, which – at this time ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – Jan 08 2010 Orion the Hunter

Earthsky Tonight – Jan 08 2010 Orion the Hunter is easy to spot

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org The constellation Orion the Hunter is probably the easiest to pick out of all the constellations in the winter sky. It’s identifiable by Orion’s Belt, three medium-bright stars in a short, straight row at the mid-section of the Hunter. See these stars? They are easy to spot on the sky’s dome. You’ll find Orion shining high in the south on January evenings. If you pick out any noticeable pattern in ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – Jan 07 2010 Two stars flag

Earthsky Tonight – Jan 07 2010 Two stars flag sun’s path through Milky Way

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Tonight's chart shows the east-southeastern sky not long after the sky gets dark, as viewed from mid-northern latitudes. The brightest star of nighttime – Sirius – shows up close to the horizon in early evening, rising upward as evening deepens into night. Sirius is found by drawing a line through the three stars of Orion’s Belt. When an overwhelmingly bright star like Sirius hovers near the horizon, it ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 30 2009, Star Sirius is

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 30 2009, Star Sirius is torchbearer of the New Year

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Lots of celestial lights will adorn the nighttime as the clock ticks toward the midnight hour tomorrow, bringing in the New Year. For starters, there’s Orion, the gem of all constellations. And Sirius, the brightest star of nighttime, shining to the lower left of Orion’s Belt. No less a fixture than the tolling bells that ring in the New Year, Sirius is truly the New Year’s Day star. Sirius celebrates its ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 27 2009, Bellatrix

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 27 2009, Bellatrix – Orion’s third brightest – means ‘Female Warrior’

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org The constellation Orion takes center stage this month and rightly so. With an inordinate number of bright stars, it is one of the most prominent constellations in the sky. Look for Orion in the east-southeastern sky from around 6 to 7 p.m. A while ago, we talked about Orion’s two brightest stars, but the third-brightest star in Orion, Bellatrix, is often overlooked. According to Richard Hinckley Allen’s ... Full Story

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