Noticing The Orion Nebula

Another school morning,
Before Winter sun’s dawning,

Up in the night,
Through the window, I can see,
The constellation of Orion;

Now this was interesting,
Because Orion had by now acquired, for me,
The fame of celebrity,
Through months of exposure to astronomy magazines,
And online stories of Orion’s intricacies;

One of the Southern constellations,
We don’t get a great view,
But the early hours of a morning in October,
Granted to me a sight quite newβ€”

The Southern sky,
Filled with bright stars aplenty,
Sirius,
Betelgeuse
And Aldebaran too,

It took me aback, for I was not used to that,
So many bright stars, within such a small arc,

Not only that,
β€”But Orion’s sword,
Would you look at that,
β€”Oh wow, that’s…

This was an exceptionally dark and clear sky,
For this location,
At this time,

Combined with my perfect night-time vision,
Fresh from sleep, this was the perfect time…

To see, at last,
The Orion Nebula;

And there I was,
In quiet awe,
At the brightest stellar nursery from Earth,
Through the bathroom window,

From 1,000 light-years away,
Its fuzzy, diffuse light,
There in the sky with my human eyes,

I could not believe how obvious it was,
And that, just like with Venus,
How many times this must have sat in the sky,
Whilst I was totally oblivious;

And I rushed to get my telescope out,
Like with Venus and Saturn before,
Inspired, awake and motivated,
To go out into the universe and explore;

Telescope set up, I pointed it upwards,
Quick glance through the finder-scope,
Here we go!

Seriously, I stopped halfway through because OCD’s stressing me πŸ˜†.
Also this would get very long!

πŸŒͺ

13 thoughts on “Noticing The Orion Nebula

    1. Yes! I’m planning to write about what the Orion Nebula looked like. That was actually the original point of writing the poem πŸ˜„. But I began this poem weeks ago, and got around to finishing it today, but then had the OCD problem. The part that I published though changed a lot for the better through editing today πŸ™‚. And I did write part of the rest of it.

      But splitting it is quite nice, because I’ve decided to write the second half in a different style πŸ˜„.

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    1. Well, to be honest it’s hard to have any other one as your favourite in the Northern hemisphere! It stands alone.

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      1. Haha! It’s actually 10 degrees higher in your sky. You can only see it at a decent time over the winter here. The Big Dipper is even more reliable but looks crap of course compared to Orion.

        I do a similar thing with Venus, I guess, when it’s visible! And it’s always visible for months at a time, it’s really visible now just after sunset, or even before if you know where to look :).

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