December 1, 2010
Orion was captured “throwing his leg up over our fence of mountains” in this image taken near Twin Lakes on Friday. Bright stars Betelgeuse and Rigel are easy naked-eye targets, but turn your telescope or binoculars to the middle star in Orion’s sword for the best view of Orion’s nebula, M42.
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All of a sudden, after changing from daylight saving time to standard time in early November, the constellation of Orion the Hunter is rising in the early evening before most of us go to bed. You can catch him “throwing his leg up over our fence of mountains” in the eastern sky at about 8 p.m. this week.