By Dave Fuller on 2/4/2013 8:45 AM
Orion with stars labelledOrion is a prominent constellation from the northern hemisphere, with it's distinctive 'belt' stars line up in a row, surrounded by four more first and second magnitude stars.  And one of the best objects to see in the entire night sky is contained within it: M42, the Great Orion Nebula.  This week, look directly south around 8:00pm or so (see chart below), and you should be able to see the seven bright stars that compose this constellation, even from most light polluted areas.  It is ideally placed, because at that time, it is on the meridian, an imaginary line stretching from north to south.  That means the constellation is at it's highest point above the horizon, increasing our...

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