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Our front door just about faces due south. That means this time of the year when I leave the house for my morning walk, if the sky is clear, I get a quite spectacular view of the sky, especially Orion.
That constellation was especially prominent as I stepped out this morning. It’s always lovely to see it. Now, for whatever reason I can’t think of I didn’t stop to take a picture at that point.
This picture was taken about 15 minutes later, when I was in the centre of town. What surprised me was given the huge amount of light pollution was just how visible the constellation appears. If you look at the belt and seeing the sword, towards the bottom of which is a blurry object, which I think could be Messier 42, The Orion Nebula. Now, if it is, I am astounded and delighted,
The thing that really disappointed me though, is the lack of other stars caused by light pollution. Can you imagine what the sky would be like if we could take away all the artificial lighting? I think nothing less than spectacular. I’d really love to see that.