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Orion Nebula

Object Type:
Emission Nebula
Right Ascension:
5h 35m
-05° 27'
1,344 light years
Capture Date:
January 29, 2016

Image Source: Scott MacNeill / Frosty Drew Observatory

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Celebration of Space - December 30, 2022

This coming Wednesday, January 4, 2023, the annual Quadrantid Meteor Shower will peak. The first meteor shower of the year, and the last meteor shower of the viewing season, the Quadrantid peak is also one of the best meteor displays of the yea ... more

Celebration of Space - January 21, 2022

On Monday, January 24, 2022, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will arrive at its orbital destination, the second Lagrange point (L2), which is just under 1 million miles beyond the Moon. At 2:00 pm EST James Webb will fire its thrusters, i ... more

Celebration of Space - January 8, 2021

Now that the Moon is waning well into the early morning sky and quickly approaching the new phase on January 13, 2021, super dark sky conditions are returning to our region. Especially over more of the rural areas that are less affected by ligh ... more

Celebration of Space - November 27, 2020

Over the past week and a half, the International Space Station (ISS) has put on a stunning display of evening passes over the United States. Here in New England, we have had several nights of clear sky conditions, making for a beautiful additio ... more

Celebration of Space - January 24, 2020

Last Friday (January 17, 2020) we wrote a bit about Comet C/2017 T2 PANSTARRS (Comet T2), with the hopes of catching a first view of it at the observatory that night. Well, the skies were quite fabulous and we did catch a beautiful view of the ... more

The Orion Nebula Rings in the Holiday

The Holiday Season is descending upon us in full swing snuggly-puppy mode, bringing with it warm thoughts of seasonal festivities and cold nights reveling in the winter time starscape. With the frequent lapse in memory that winter actually happ ... more