Orion, the Hunter

A large, well-known constellation visible high in winter's south-southeastern sky.


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Radio Programs

Orion Nebula Looking into a cradle of young stars Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Orion Rising A passel of supergiants Monday, November 30, 2015
Orion Arm A short “arm” of the Milky Way Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Winter Milky Way Looking toward the galaxy’s outskirts Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Seeing Red Seeing red from a dying star Saturday, February 7, 2015
Orion’s Head Heading for the top of the hunter Sunday, January 18, 2015
Trapezium Lighting up a galactic trapeze Saturday, January 17, 2015
Orion Returns The return of an astronomical beauty Monday, November 24, 2014
Alnilam A bright buckle for the hunter’s belt Sunday, February 16, 2014
Rivals Separating a pair of mortal enemies Saturday, February 8, 2014
Orion Nebula A busy stellar nursery Thursday, January 23, 2014
Uncertain Giant Taking the measure of a giant star Saturday, November 23, 2013
Orion Rising Jumbo stars climb into view Friday, November 22, 2013
Pyramid Stars Guiding lights of the ancient world Monday, March 25, 2013
The Footstool A footstool for the hunter Friday, December 28, 2012
Orion Rising A treat returns to the evening sky Monday, November 26, 2012
Orion’s Shield Lining up the hunter’s shield Saturday, February 18, 2012
Winter Milky Way III Getting armed for a trip through the galaxy Friday, February 17, 2012
Horsehead Nebula Drifting along with an interstellar cloud Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Orion Rising The return of an astronomical beauty Sunday, November 20, 2011
Vanishing Orion A seasonal marker disappears Sunday, May 1, 2011
Alnilam Sailing on a stellar wind Friday, January 14, 2011
Orion's Belt Paying attention to a celestial trio Thursday, January 13, 2011
Spinning Horsehead A spinning horse's head Saturday, January 8, 2011

Featured Images

The Milky Way galaxy's spiral arms
Arming the Milky Way Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Diagram of Orion, the hunter
Orion's Belt Sunday, February 16, 2014
Close-up Hubble Space Telescope view of the Orion Nebula
Beautiful Birthplace Thursday, January 23, 2014
Infrared view of Betelgeuse
Messy Star Friday, April 12, 2013
Visible- and infrared-light views of Orion
Double Vision Friday, January 25, 2013
Star forming region in Orion
Hiding Places Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Orion, Jupiter, and other sights in late November
Orion Rising Monday, November 26, 2012
Newborn stars in the Orion Nebula
Bright Babies Thursday, March 1, 2012
Orion, the hunter, including his faint shield
Shielding the Hunter Friday, February 17, 2012
Plumes of gas spew into space from the roiling surface of Betelgeuse, the bright
Stellar Timebomb Thursday, December 1, 2011
M78, a reflection nebula in Orion
Beautiful Reflection Monday, February 21, 2011
The Horsehead Nebula
Galloping Nebula Saturday, January 8, 2011
IC 2118, the Witch Head Nebula
Witch Head Nebula Friday, November 26, 2010


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