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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Special, Magnificent and Gorgeous Constellation in Winter !

I am going to introduce a constellation that everyone should knows in winter!

That is -- Orion!

Since we all know that in Greek mythology, Orion was stung to death by scorpion. Of course, Orion would afraid scorpion ever after. So that is the reason why he is placed in the sky opposite Scorpius. Orion sets, then the scorpion rises.

Orion is one of the most glorious constellations. He representing a giant hunter or warrior by his dogs( the constellations Canis Major and Canis Minor ). Orion's belt is the most distinctive feature. It is a line of three second-magnitude stars.

There's a picture that can help you visualize:

Also, there is still some beautiful things I want to show you!

From the middle of Orion's belt hang his sword, which contains the Orion nebula ( also known as M42 ), just visible to the eye. M42 is an enormous star-forming cloud of gas 1500 light years away and covering over two Moon diameters of sky. It is really magnificent. There's a picture:

By the way, in the late October each year, the Orionid meteors appear to radiate from a point near the border with Gemini.

Okay, that is the briefly description of Orion. Let's have a test, to test if you can recognized Orion in the night sky:

It is not very difficult, right?

Here comes the answer:

Hope you not only enjoy the beautiful pictures but also walk out and observe it!

pictures source: Astronomy Picture of the Day http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html

Want more information? Just click and enter the website, click"search" and type "Orion". It will provides you so many pictures about Orion and gives plenty of information.

Enjoy it!!!!

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