Orion in the night sky… II

We stayed at Trawool in central Victoria last night and had the opportunity to view a clear sky without light pollution.

This is the result. Orion is the constellation (compare Ballarat image taken a while ago) and the Orion Nebula is clearly visible. Not a Hubble photo to be sure, but not too bad!

Apparently the nebula, known as Messier 42, and visible to the naked eye, was believed to be the cosmic fire of creation by the Maya.

According to Nasa, the nebula is an enormous cloud of dust and gas where vast numbers of new stars are being forged.

When you click on the image below, it may take a little while to load as it is quite a big file. Once loaded, you should be able to click again to zoom in.

Photo taken with Canon 5DS R, Yongnuo 52mm f1.8 lens. Exposure time 4 seconds at ISO 1000. Four images processed through Sequator.