Local Newspaper Report

written by Mike Lewis

General Information

These reports appear in the last Thursday of the month (before our monthly meeting held on the first Thursday of the month) editions of the 'Clacton and Frinton Gazette' and the 'Harwich and Manningtree Standard' in their 'Neighbourhood News' sections

The Wonders of Orion

by David Pugh

2nd February 2017

Orion is one of the most splendid of constellations, it has seven bright stars, two first magnitude and five second magnitude also know today as Orion The Hunter. Known in ancient times and by different cultures by many different names. As it lies on the celestial equater it is visible to nearly every part of the World. The names of the seven brightest stars are Betelgeuse, Rigel, Bellatrix, Mintaka, Alnilan, Alnitak and Sauph. Some of these stars vary in brightness.

Below the belt of Orion, also known as the three kings or three sisters, there is a fuzzy patch just visible to the naked eye which is a Nebula or Stella Nursery (M42 and M43). Many pictures have been taken of Orion Nebulas, one of the more famous being the Horse Head Nebula which is near Alnilan and Ainitak.

Orion is a easy object to study with a telescope or binoculars as it is very prominent in the Winter sky with lots of interesting features to see or to take pictures of with the right equipment. Pictures taken with professional equipment or orbiting observatories and have given some very spectacular images of Orion.