Horsehead Nebula and the Belt of Orion

December 26, 2008

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Photographer: Greg Parker, University of Southampton, U.K.
Summary Author: Greg Parker, Jim Foster

The photo mosaic above shows the Orion's Belt region in the constellation of Orion. Featured here (from left to right) are the three belt stars, Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka, together with the famous Horsehead nebula, which is found just below Alnitak. In the northern hemisphere, Orion is high in the southern sky, a few hours after dark, at this time of year. Why not take a look?

Photo taken from the New Forest Observatory, Brockenhurst, England in early November 2008. It was processed by Noel Carboni.

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