View Full Version : Clusters and Nebulae of the Hexagon

04-04-2003, 07:46:53
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/image/0304/hexagon80_mellinger_labeled.jpg (http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html#)At first, the bright stars of the large asterism known as the (northern) Winter Hexagon might be hard to pick out in this gorgeous deep sky mosaic from December 2002. But placing your cursor over the picture will reveal the hexagon's outlines and the bright clusters and nebulae along a stunning portion of the Milky Way opposite the galactic center. The celestial highlights include M42 (aka the Great Nebula of Orion), Orion's Horsehead nebula, the Rosette and Cone nebulae, and nearby star clusters M45 (Pleiades) and Gemini's own M35. For now, this hexagon is sinking low in western evening skies.
APOD (http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html)

Sir Penguin
04-04-2003, 07:54:43
I hope they realise their hexagon has seven sides.


Resource Consumer
04-04-2003, 14:37:54
Would that be a heptagon?

Sir Penguin
04-04-2003, 20:56:14
Yes. What's great is that it's a heptagon regardless of whether you use imperial or metric units!


Sultan Bhargash
04-04-2003, 21:19:45
I've always had a soft spot for Aldebaran.