Day 41/100 (11/25 #microcosmmondays). Formally known as IC 2118 in the constellation Orion, the Witch Head Nebula bears a striking resemblance to a fairytale witch. 〰 25 x 25 mm. Image Credit: NASA/STScI. Digitized Sky Survey/Noel Carboni. THIS PAINTING WILL BE UP FOR AUCTION FOR A WEEK STARTING ON 12 AUGUST 2015. #paintingsforants #miniature #watercolour #art #witchheadnebula #nasa #space
The constellation of Orion is rich with impressive nebulas. Of the many interesting details that particularly draws the eye is Barnard’s Loop, the bright red circular filament arcing down from the middle. The bright orange star on the upper left is Betelgeuse, while the bright blue star on the lower right is Rigel. Other famous nebulas visible include the Witch Head Nebula, the Flame Nebula, and the comparatively small Horsehead Nebula. NASA-APOD, Stanislav Volskiy.
D*S Night Sky Handbook: Constellation: Orion - Main Stars: Betelgeuse, Rigel, Bellatrix, Mintaka, Alnilam, Alnitak, Saiph - Most Visible: January-March - Symbolism: The name Orion is derived from the mythological Greek hunter Orion.