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Orion Nebula

Orion Nebula

The Orion Nebula (M42) is south of Orions belt. The middle star of the sword. This is visible without a telescope and easily visible as “not a star” with binoculars. The “fuzziness” is from dust and gas in the area. Stars are being born here (ssshhh, their sleeping).

The light in this picture left the nebula around 700 AD. This is about the time the Chinese invented gun powder.

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This was taken with the Big Gun, 1/2 second exposure ISO 6400

Jupiter

Jupiter

The flare around Jupiter is caused by some haze in the sky. The “stars” around it are the moons. From bottom to top they are, Callisto, Europa, (Jupiter), Io, Ganymede. These moons were discovered in 1610 by Galileo.

Callisto is the name of one of Zeus’ many lovers.

Europa is slightly smaller than our moon. Europa was a Phoenician noblewoman courted by Zeus.

Io a priestess of Hera seduced by Zeus. (detecting the theme?)

Callisto was the son of the king of Troy and was abducted by Zeus.

 

mcdewey

This was taken with the “Big Gun” 1/3 sec exposure ISO 3200