Rising of Orion and Jupiter

October 28, 2011

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Photographer: John Chumack; John’s Web site
Summary Author: John Chumack; Jim Foster

The photo above featuring the rising of Orion (bottom right) and other familiar fall and winter constellations as well as Jupiter and Mars was taken at my observatory in Yellow Springs, Ohio. It’s always a treat to see Orion on the rise -- perhaps the most recognizable of all of the constellations. Betelgeuse is the yellow star to the left of Orion’s Belt; Rigel is the pink star to the right of the belt.

The brilliant “star” at upper right center is Jupiter – shining at a magnitude -2.7. Mars is the yellowish object just above the eastern horizon, at bottom center, in the constellation of Gemini. At left center is the bright star Capella, in Auriga. The Pleiades star cluster is found between Capella and Jupiter. Clear skies with low humidity made for wonderful observing conditions -- I’m glad I stayed until sunrise! Photo taken on August 30, just before dawn (5:20 local time).

Photo details: Canon Rebel Xsi camera; Rokinon 8mm fisheye lens; ISO 1600; 30 second exposure.