Prompted by Red Hen’s post about Orion in the night sky, I went out to gaze at the stars this evening. It was very clear so the camera and the tripod came out, and I ended up with very cold fingers and a stiff neck – but it was enjoyable all the same. If you know how to find Orion and the Pleiades, this will show you how to find Taurus the Bull – which fits into the Daily Prompt category of teaching someone something.
This was looking towards the south at about 7:30 pm. These are not totally black pictures – honest. They are best viewed full-size by clicking on them, and letting your eyes adjust – there are stars there. See next picture for key to constellations.
This one shows where Taurus the bull is, in between Orion and the Pleiades. I didn’t realise I’d also got Auriga, the Charioteer in there too, one I’ve not tracked down before.
This was looking closer to south-east. I don’t remember noticing Orion’s bow before (the stars are quite faint – not sure I can see them without the camera).
This is a zoomed in shot of Jupiter. By fiddling about with timings and light settings, I managed to get three of its moons visible too.
This is a zoomed in, 13-second exposure of the Pleiades cluster. It was quite tricky to zoom in on something that wasn’t visible on the camera screen – many totally black pictures had to be discarded. All in all, much better than watching TV, as far as I’m concerned. Opinions may differ. I love the idea that the constellation names and stories go back about 2000 years.