Image Credit & Copyright: Chris Georgia.

Here’s a beautiful example of what long exposure photography can bring to life; 32 exposures at 218 seconds, 50mm, ISO 2000 and f2.8 to be exact. Most of you may recognize that you’re looking at the constellation Orion. You may also notice that this image of it doesn’t look anything like the seven to ten points of starlight you see as you look up at it at night. That’s because our eyes don’t store light, they basically play a form of photon Hot Potato as they constantly feed incoming information to your brain to keep you from falling into a ditch, driving into a pond or being eaten by some sort of species larger than you……or smaller I suppose.

Thankfully we humans have invented something to compensate for this; the camera. A digital camera has the ability to take long exposures which means as you leave the shutter open, you constantly pour new “data” into the pot that is the sensor and then memory card collect.  The end result is a stunning image of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. That large half-moon looking region is known as Barnard’s Loop, inside that region is the classic M42 or Orion nebula and the three belt stars. The bottom belt star is Alnitak which is the home to the legendary Flame and Horse Head Nebulae. Follow the crescent down in a counter clockwise motion and you end at the blue supergiant Rigel and on the other side of Rigel you will find the upside down face of the Witch Head nebula. Before I forget, did you know that some of the stars in Orion are closer to Earth than each other? Check it out:

The red-orange star in this image as also extremely famous as it’s on the short list of stars that should go supernova soon! Well, soon is relative in terms of the universe but every time I’m outside I give it a little motivation under my breath. Who knows, maybe it’s already exploded and we’re just waiting for that light to span the nearly 650 light years for the show to begin. Down and to the left of Betelgeuse is yet another famous region called the Rosette nebula which I will be doing a post on in the very near future.

I hope you enjoy this image and please visit more of Chris’s work!

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