Orion Captures Jess’s Imagination

February 19, 2023

Jess And Dan Enjoy Stellar Nursery Giants


The Great Orion Nebula and Tarantula Nebula are considered two top shelf deep space objects to put on your list of “must sees”. Both are regions in space where new stars are being formed and whilst they have this important similarity, their appearances are anything but similar.

Near the heart of the Orion Nebula sits four bright stars – the Trapezium. This small asterism is almost the first thing you notice in the wide expansive cloud of gases. Stretching out to beyond the outer edges of the eyepiece view, the gaseous region continues. It is an impressive sight! On the other hand, the Tarantula Nebula is contained well within the eyepiece perimeter, this being due to its being much, much further away. It is an intense looking cloud with swirling arms and super massive stars at its centre.

Dan and Jess on tour evening viewed many objects, both near and far. It’s always a question that draws silence to begin with, but the observer’s favourite object of the night takes some consideration on occasions. For Jess, it was the Great Orion Nebula with its bright landmark Trapezium a particular attraction. For Dan, he went the way of the Tarantula Nebula. Both are magnificent structures and worthy recipients of first prize on the night. Another night, it will be a bright globular cluster or distant galaxy that captures the observer’s eye. There is no shortage of candidates. The night sky is filled with amazing stories and views.

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