Saturday, March 30, 2013

Chasing Orion

Orion is one of my favorite constellations to photograph. Among the things I love about it is that it's very distinctive and identifiable. It's wonderful to read about this constellation and how people have seen it throughout the ages, it is a legend of the night sky.

Chasing Orion at Cape Spear Newfoundland

Here in Newfoundland Orion rises above the eastern horizon in late December and is visible until late June when it sets in the west. My favorite place to photograph it is Cape Spear Newfoundland, the most easterly point in Canada. I also have the good fortune of seeing it when I walk out my front door at night if the sky is clear.

Under the Moonlight at Cape Spear Newfoundland

Often you will find what draws your eye to this constellation is Orion’s belt or the dog star Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky. You can find Sirius by drawing a line through and extending it from Orion’s belt. If you can find either the other is hard to miss.

We have less than three months before Orion is once again gone from our night sky, why not get out and have a look. Happy viewing and if you have any questions please feel free to post them here I'll try my best to answer them. Thank you for stopping by!

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