Finding Orion

I’ve always been interested in black holes, stars, planets, and just space in general. From watching Chris Hadfield’s experiments in space to binge-watching Neil Tyson’s Netflix series – I just can’t get enough! Everything about space blows my mind and because of it, I’ve even considered being a nurse for NASA at one point.

No matter how interested I was in space, one thing that always seemed daunting to me was trying to find the constellations in the night sky. However, tonight I got to do just that! For my Black Holes and Constellations class, we had to participate in the Globe at Night program. This initiative brings awareness to the impact of light pollution and involves submitting observations of the night sky and lasts all year long. Check it out here to find out how you can participate!

I used a constellation finder app and and I just looked up and there it was. It kinda took my breath away for a second. I mean, you learn about all these stars and how one of them is probably going to become a black hole and then you get to see them with your naked eye! For being so far away, I think it’s a huge blessing to be able to see them from Earth.

Next goal: Buy an actual tripod because I just used my hands for this unfortunately. I’m looking forward to taking better pictures – can’t wait to share them with you all!

 

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How the Orion constellation looks like (via google images)

 

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Thoughts when I found Orion: This is like the second best thing after seeing a baby being born!

 

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Betelgeuse, the star that could one day become a black hole.

Have you tried going out and looking at the stars? Please share your experiences!

[Note: I don’t know why you can’t click on the pictures anymore to get a better look and get information on the camera settings – if anyone knows a fix, please let me know.]

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20 comments on “Finding Orion

  1. My favorite constellation! I always seem to come across it wherever I go, from the prairies of Sasketchewan (brightest I’ve seen it) to the mountains of Peru (where it was upside down relative to the way I was used to in North America). A few other fun Orion tidbits are that the Orion Nebula can be noted as a fuzzy patch (especially using peripheral vision due to cones / rods arrangement, or using binoculars) in the sword of Orion. This is a stellar nursery. Betelgeuse is pronounced Beatle Juice and will become a spectacular supernova before that black hole. Finally, Orion’s Belt points towards Sirius, brightest star in the night sky.

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    • Yes – I really think this constellation is something special 🙂 I would love to see how it looks upside down one day! Every time I get home at night, if it’s a clear sky, I always see it. It’s become sort of comforting to me!

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  2. Nina, when you are editing your post, click on each picture that is in the post that you want to open up to a bigger version, then hit the button at the top in the visual editing toolbar that looks like a couple of links of chain, and it should open a dialog box for you. I usually check the “open in new window or tab” on mine. Cheers…Des

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