Released on January 11, 2006, this Hubble Space Telescope image is the most impressive image ever taken of the "Great Nebula in Orion". The image covers a larger area of sky than any other HST image ever made, and the image has been painstakingly processed by "stitching" a large number of single images together to create this huge mosaic image. This nebula will be the highlight of our public observing nights on January 21st and 28th at Coleman Observatory. Come see this one for yourself!
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|The constellation Orion by one of the world's most reknowned and respected wide-field astrophoto- graphers, Akira Fujii of Japan.Click Here for original image and more Fujii/DMI images. Used by permission.|
Our webmaster, David C. Grosvold, has added a PowerPoint presentation to go with this image by clicking here! This PowerPoint is also courtesy of our association with the Night Sky Network.
NOTICE: This file is nearly 2Mb and will be slow to open, especially on dial-up connections.
You are cordially invited to attend any of our upcoming public viewing nights where you'll be able to see up to 80% or more of the wonderful swirls and eddy-like features of Orion's Nebula for yourself throughout the rest of winter and most of the springtime. You likely won't even miss the colorization that our eyes have trouble detecting. But you must hurry! Orion sinks below the western horizon by the end of April, but check our site often to see when our next public nights are scheduled between now and the first week of April to get the BEST views. After April 1st Orion lies so close to the horizon that what you'll see becomes less-and-less obvious. EVERY observing event we hold is FREE and open to the public.
I look forward to seeing you at one or more of these upcoming events throughout 2006 at our Coleman Observatory facility located 8 miles NW of Van Buren, AR. Click on "Coleman Observatory" or "map" or "coordinates" to find a printable map to our site, and make SURE you follow the written directions.