The Great Nebula in Orion on December 2007, sketched by Deirdre Kelleghan.
At a distance of 1500 light years, the Great Nebula in Orion is the closest region of star formation to us. It is also one of the most magnificent sights in the sky through a small telescope.
M42 December 3rd 2007 00:53 UT – 01:45 UT Wicklow Ireland 200mm Reflector FL 1200mm/ 15mm eyepiece/ 80X Pastels/Gel Pen/Blending stick. Seeing 1 Transparency better than normal, broken street light. South is up
After a day of stormy winds and heavy rain the atmosphere seemed cleaner and more settled than usual. I had sketched Holmes for the last time and turned my scope to the magnificent sword of Orion. M42 is a favorite of mine, it would be a wish to see and sketch it in best possible conditions with best possible equipment. The view would I am sure be overwhelming.
The nebulous star forming clouds seemed to be very liner that evening. From my garden it was one of the best views of it, I had ever seen. It was very cold just around 2 degrees, with a chilling wind, flapping my sketch pad and freezing my fingers.
Its February 2010 soon the spring and summer constellations will grace our skies and Orion will dip below our evening horizon. So while it is still a jewel in our view try to have a look at it for yourself. Each time I look into the nebula , I am looking back in time but I am also viewing a place of ongoing creation. Within this beautiful gaseous cloud new stars and new planets are being formed , new future worlds to admire and understand.
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Image of Deirdre by Bernard Kelleghan
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