Orion from the beach of Stevns
Shooting for the stars
The constellation of Orion from the dark beaches of south side Stevns in Denmark.
To the left of Orion the head and eye of Taurus (the bull) and further to the left the Pleiades / Seven Sisters (M45).
To the left of Orion the Rosette Nebula (NGC 2244) is clearly visible – and on the left border of the image, the glow of the sky’s clearest star, Sirius, is shining in. The higher number of stars in the upper left corner is the outer edge of the Milky Way band.
Faintly visible is also the Flame Nebula (NGC 2024) just above the left star of Orion’s Belt (Alnitak) where also the Horsehead Nebula is hiding (in the read cloud under Alnitak).
Orion’s bright red “shoulder” is Betelgeuse which can explode into a super nova any time (within the next 600 years) – it’s the sky’s 9th brightest star, and the right “knee” is Rigel which is the sky’s 7th brightest star (and is actually 4 stars and not 1).