I took a quick black & white image of Orion during a very brief interval of clear skies Thursday night. I posted it on Astrobin – a popular site for astrophotographers to share images. You can click here to see it along with annotations that Astrobin provides of all the objects in the image. Orion is a huge object and composed on multiple individual nebulas that are illuminated by young stars that are condensing from the immense clouds of dust from supernova that exploded billions of years ago. The area of the image is larger than the full moon but just dim enough that its only visible as a fuzzy patch through binoculars.

M43 in portions of M42 in Orion’s belt.