The Monkey Head Nebula is an emission nebula located in the constellation Orion, the Hunter. The nebula is an H II region, a large cloud of ionised gas in which new stars are being formed. The low-density cloud is a site of intense star formation. The Monkey Head Nebula lies about 6,400 light years from … [Read more…]
The Orionids (Orionid Meteor Shower) are an annual meteor shower that occurs between October 16 and October 27. The meteor shower peaks around October 21 with a zenithal hourly rate of 20 to 25 meteors. The exact dates vary from year to year, as does the hourly rate. The Orionids sometimes also have double peaks. … [Read more…]
Here are some of the highlights of the night sky in October: 7:30 PM southwestern sky – Mars and Saturn low above the horizon 3:30 AM eastern sky – Jupiter dominates the sky in the morning hours 4 AM eastern sky – Jupiter and the crescent Moon in conjunction on October 17 6:45 AM eastern … [Read more…]
Betelgeuse, Alpha Orionis, is the second brightest star in Orion constellation and the ninth brightest star in the sky. It is a supergiant star, distinctly red in colour, located at an approximate distance of 643 light years from Earth. It is an evolved star, one expected to explode as a supernova in a relatively near … [Read more…]
Orion’s Belt is one of the most familiar asterisms in the night sky, along with the Big Dipper and the Southern Cross. It is formed by three massive, bright stars located in our galaxy, in the direction of the constellation Orion, the Hunter: Alnilam, Alnitak and Mintaka. Two of the three stars are supergiants.
Here are some of the planets, constellations and deep sky objects you can see in the night sky in February: 8 PM southeastern sky – Jupiter rising after sunset 11:30 PM eastern sky – Mars rising later in the evening, climbing higher throughout the night 9 PM southern sky – Orion constellation prominent in the … [Read more…]
The Horsehead Nebula is a famous diffuse dark nebula found in the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex in the constellation Orion. It is a dark cloud composed of dust and gas where star formation is taking place. The nebula is also known as Barnard 33, and is located in the emission nebula IC 434. The Horsehead … [Read more…]
The Orion Nebula is a famous diffuse emission/reflection nebula located in the constellation Orion. It is also known as Messier 42 (M42) or the Great Orion Nebula. Its designation in the New General Catalogue is NGC 1976. The brightest stars in the nebula form an asterism known as the Trapezium Cluster. These young stars are … [Read more…]