Saturday, 5 May 2012

Orion Setting

It's that time of year when Orion is getting very low in the west in the early night. As Orion sets in the west Scorpius rises in the east, something to look forward to. Scorpius represents the central region of our Milky Way galaxy where as Orion is looking the opposite direction, towards the outer edge of the Milky Way. Orion its self is therefore a group of stars between us and the edge of our Milky Way galaxy. I like to visualise that looking beyond the stars of Orion is deep space - nothing but emptiness until the next far-away galaxy.

A couple of weeks ago when out in the Western Australian Goldfields (see Digging for Astrophotography Gold post) the first photo of the evening was actually this one of Orion Setting.

Photographed on an old pastoral lease, the fence in the foreground is some of the remaining fence of the cattle yards at the former station. The red dirt so typical for the area.

I quite like how Orion is positioned over the silhouettes but would have preferred it slightly higher (I need to go back a month earlier next year!). Certainly not one of the most eye catching photographs I have taken but it's still a nice composition I think and helps form part of a "Goldfields" series of astro photographs I am hoping to put together as an exhibition.

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