Sunday, January 14, 2007

Orion, flying high

I love this constellation.
I always have. It is one of the pleasures of Winter star gazing.

please enlarge, and note HOW RED that left-most star is...Betelguese is its name, the right "foot" is Rigel.
I will have to look up what makes the star so red. Posted by Picasa


Barbara said...

How lucky you are to have stars, we have mostly clouds here. It is beautiful David.

utenzi said...

Michele sent me over, David.

I live pretty far out from town so there's a lot of stars in my nighttime sky as well. It's not very easy to get good pictures of them though. I'll have to see if I can get as good a shot of Orion as you did.

PI said...

Lovely photos. Mountains are my weakness. I wonder if i will ever climb one again?
Over from Michelle's.

Paige said...

Nice photo. Why is that one so "hot"

Oracle said...

Is that or is that not Sagitarius Encompasing Orions Belt ;) ?

Here Via Michele's

David said...

paige, I found out it is actually cooler than other stars, a sign of age, it is also huge 600 million miles across, and 600 light years away from us. it may Supernova in 10,00 to 100,000 years, so save the date!

Snaggle Tooth said...

I love this formation, which keeps me company almost every single night to n from work, n on my break. I like how he swivels around true-North through the sky as the night-time wears on.

There's different magnitudes (sizes)n classes (types) of stars- I took Astronomy back in college for fun. There's blue, white, yellow, red, n dwarf, depending on the life-stage of the hydrogen-helium engines.

"Red" indicates near the end of the star-life span, so called "red giants" which are inflated gas-filled almost spent stars preparing to die out (or go supernova).

When gazing at the grandeur of the universe- it's easy to feel part of it...

Anonymous said...

Hi. Michele sent me.

I have always loved Orion. Growing up in Minnesota, he was only viewable in early evening part of the year. The rest of the time he would come up late late at night - or early in the morning, depending on how you look at it.

I also enjoy cassiopia... possibly becuase I have an exact replica of the "w" in freckles on my arm!