The Winter Triangle, or the Great Southern Triangle, is an asterism formed by three bright stars in three prominent winter constellations. These are Betelgeuse in Orion, Procyon in Canis Minor and Sirius in Canis Major constellation.
The Winter Triangle is prominent in the night sky in the northern hemisphere during the winter months, from December to March.
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The Flame Nebula is an emission nebula located in the constellation Orion, the Hunter. The nebula lies at an approximate distance of 1,350 light years from Earth and has an apparent magnitude of 2. It has the designation NGC 2024 in the New General Catalogue.
The Flame Nebula occupies an area of 30 arcminutes of apparent sky. It is part of a vast star forming region known as the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex.
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Here are some of the planets, constellations and deep sky objects to see in February:Read More »Highlights of the Night Sky in February
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 future.
Betelgeuse is a large, bright, massive star easily found in the sky in the winter months because it is part of a familiar pattern formed by the celestial Hunter. The red supergiant marks one of Orion‘s shoulders, while the hot, bright giant Bellatrix, Gamma Orionis, marks the other.
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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.
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