Spring Constellations In The Northern Hemisphere

Both our girls have friends for a sleep over, tonight. Unfortunately, their friends are not aware, how sneaky our cats can be. Joshua and Chewbacca saw an opportunity, when one of the girls opened the patio door. As soon as Kevin and I got both cats back in, Joshua sneaked/snuck out the front door. Since he was out again, I let him check out the backyard for a bit. While I waited for Joshua doing his rounds, I observed the night sky, sitting on the patio for a while. The Big Dipper in the constellation Ursa Major can clearly be seen north from our backyard. Constellation “sits” above our house, while the Waxing Gibbous Moon shines bright in the night sky.

For a better resolution of the star constellations: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132943299@N07/32449287327/in/album-72157678416071305/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/132943299@N07/40425526113/in/album-72157678416071305/

Orion, The Hunter (2)

On Sunday evening, while I was waiting for the Moon to get behind the Earth’s shadow, I took another shot of the constellation Orion. Waiting for the big event of a Lunar Eclipse can be very boring . Meanwhile I always try to make the time feel shorter by capturing photos of the night sky. Orion was the perfect object in the January Winter sky.

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Constellation Orion

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Orion, The Hunter (1)

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Orion, the Hunter, in the Winter sky

Orion shines bright in the January sky. It is so bright, that it is one of the few constellations, I can see in the Dallas suburb. What I’ve noticed, that this constellation is directly above our house on New Years night at 12 a.m. Since Orion is on the celestial equator, it’s belt can be seen on Earth from pole to pole at this time of the year. The belt, Betelgeuse and Rigel (the brightest star in Orion) can be seen very easily in the southern sky.