"How to See Something 20,000 Times the Size of Our Solar System with Just the Naked Eye"

Scheduled air date: 2003 Jan 13-19

The well-known constellation Orion—the Hunter—may be seen in the southeast evening skies at this time of year.
(Shown about two hours after sunset during the latter part of January for mid-Northern latitudes.)

Below the three "belt stars" of Orion are the three "sword stars," the middle of which is actually the Orion Nebula — a stellar "nursery" 30 light-years across — visible in even small binoculars!

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Illustrations on this page were created using TheSky Astronomy Software, an advanced desktop planetarium program designed for Windows.

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