The Winter Hexagon, also known as the Winter Circle, is a prominent winter asterism formed by seven stars prominent in the winter sky. These are Rigel in Orion, Aldebaran in Taurus, Capella in Auriga, Castor and Pollux in Gemini, Procyon in Canis Minor, and Sirius in Canis Major constellation. Sirius and Procyon are also part … [Read more…]
The Witch Head Nebula, also known by its official name, IC 2118, is a very faint reflection nebula in the constellation Eridanus. It was nicknamed the Witch Head because it looks like a profile of a wicked witch. The nebula is illuminated by the bright star Rigel in Orion. It lies at a distance of … [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 highlights of the night sky in February, from the Hubble Site Channel: 7 PM – Jupiter rising in the southern sky 9 PM – Orion constellation dominating the winter southern sky in the evening; notable for the bright stars Betelgeuse and Rigel, the three bright stars that form Orion’s Belt – Alnilam, Alnitak and … [Read more…]