Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Orion Arising
Posted on 06/28/2014 5:40:14 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Orion's belt runs just along the horizon, seen through Earth's atmosphere and rising in this starry snapshot from low Earth orbit on board the International Space Station. The belt stars, Alnitak, Alnilam, and Mintaka run right to left and Orion's sword, home to the great Orion Nebula, hangs above his belt, an orientation unfamiliar to denizens of the planet's northern hemisphere. That puts bright star Rigel, at the foot of Orion, still higher above Orion's belt. Of course the brightest celestial beacon in the frame is Sirius, alpha star of the constellation Canis Major. The station's Destiny Laboratory module is in the foreground at the top right.
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[Credit: NASA, ISS Expedition 40, Reid Wiseman]
“The heavens declare the glory of God....” And I am in awe of their grandeur as I gaze up at them. So it’s surely just the fact that I’m a knuckle-dragging unwashed philistine that I have never been able to conjure up in my mind the images supposedly depicted by the various constellations; this majestic one of “Orion” being a prime example. I think it might also be beneficial for “seeing” these stellar images if I were toking on a “joint” while viewing them.
Orion is upside down over the Earth with only the lower end visible. Must be dumpster diving.