Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Orion's Treasures

Credit:  Stanislav Volskiy
Here are some resources related to our January, 2016 public planetarium programs entitled "Orion's Treasures."

  • APOD: Dust in the Orion Nebula:  This is an amazing image of the brightest nebula in Orion, also known as M42. 
  • APOD: A 212-Hour Exposure of Orion:  This is one of the most amazing images I have ever seen. Certainly the most amazing image I've seen of Orion. Stanislav Volskiy accumulated 212 hours of "visible" light, in 1400 photographs in order to create this image. Be sure to mouseover the image to see the labels. And CLICK the image to see the high resolution version.
  • Hubble's Infrared Image of the Horsehead Nebula: This site includes the images and the explanation of what you are seeing.
  • Star and Planetary System Formation in the Orion Nebula:  Check out the images, explanatory text, and videos.
  • Globe At Night:  Determine how many stars you are seeing in order to measure how much light pollution you are experiencing at your location. Report your results!
  • Universe Sandbox:  This is the software that my student Nic used to create the diagram comparing the sizes of the main stars in Orion.