Thursday, November 18, 2010

Orion's Belt


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I know I said a while back about not posting about my personal life but this was a very exciting moment for me.

2AM - I felt an urge to get out of my clammy room and onto the balcony to get some air. The sky was amazingly clear that night and I spotted a few stars from constellations that I would NEVER have expected to see in KL. The ones that caught my eye were 3 stars in a straight and tight line formation. Thanks to a small 'stumble' (internet surfing add on) I came across a site which allows me to set my location and time to be able to see a virtual night sky and the constellations that it contains. Using this handy site I was able to name stars and constellations that I could see with my eyes and with the help of a pair of binoculars.
Here are the constellations and stars that I was able to see in KL:

Mintaka, Alnilam and Alnitak from Orion's belt
Betelguese from the constellation of Orion
Aldebaran from the constellation of Taurus
Procyon from Canis Minor
Sirus (Dog star) from Canis Major
Canopus from Carina

There were many more that I didn't have enough patience to pin point and name.

You can check out these stars from your place too using this site:

http://www.neave.com/planetarium/

Cheers!

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