>Baker City Herald | Baker County Oregon's News Leader

Baker news NE Oregon Classifieds Web
web powered by Web Search Powered by Google

Follow BakerCityHerald.com

Baker City Herald print edition

view all Baker City Herald print publications »

The Baker City Herald is now online in a Replica E-edition form and publishes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Current subscribers have full access to the E-edition.

View Paper

If you are not a current subscriber, subscribe today for immediate access.

Subscribe


Recent article comments

Powered by Disqus

Home arrow Features arrow Outdoors arrow ASTRONOMY: Below the belt

Print

ASTRONOMY: Below the belt

By RYC RIENKS

Naked-eye sights: The formation of a star and perhaps even a solar system must be an exciting thing to see, don't you agree? Well then, while you are out looking at our morning procession of planets follow the line they describe up and right to the constellation Orion. Descending from Orion's belt is his sword. If you see a fuzzy spot in the line of stars that form it, it is not your eyes. You have found the Orion Nebula.

Binocular sights: Again we turn to the Orion Nebula. It is such a fine example that I would be cheating you if I didn't suggest you turn your binoculars on it. You should be able to see that it is not a single point of light but a star speckled fuzzy area. A perfect example of a nebula.

Telescope sights: Surprise! Our telescope sight is . . . right! The Orion Nebula. Even a small telescope will show you the luminous cloud of dust and the stars within. The dust glows thanks to the blue-white, brand new stars formed in this area. In time the photon pressure will blow the dust away, leaving behind a small open star cluster. Of course we won't be here to see it then. But we saw it when it was young.

Suggested publication: Astronomy magazine published recently a magazine bound "Atlas Of The Stars" with a cover price of $12.95. Since most full sky atlases can run over $100.00 this is a bargain and with careful handling will give years of service. See page 44 for the Orion Nebulae.

recommended web sites: Many groups exist to assist the amateur astronomer. One, The Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers, is worth reviewing if you want to work our solar system. http://www.lpl.arizona.edu/alpo/

Print

blog comments powered by Disqus
News
Local / Sports / Business / State / National / Obituaries / Submit News
Opinion
Editorials / Letters / Columns / Submit a letter
Features
Outdoors / Go Magazine / Milestones / Living Well
Baker Herald
About / Contact / Commercial Printing / Subscriptions / Terms of Use / Privacy Policy / Commenting Policy / Site Map
Also Online
Photo Reprints / Videos / Local Business Links / Community Links / Weather and Road Cams / RSS Feed

Follow Baker City Herald headlines on Follow Baker City Herald headlines on Twitter

© Copyright 2001 - 2014 Western Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. By Using this site you agree to our Terms of Use