Posts about M 42

Satellites - it's getting crowded in Earth orbit

On the evening of 9 and 10 January 2024, I pointed my telescope at the Orion Nebula M 42 and was very surprised at how many satellites crossed the field of view within just 3 hours. Particularly conspicuous was an apparent motorway of slightly lower declination below the Orion Nebula. After a little thought I came up with the explanation for this apparently particularly popular satellite orbit.

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Satellite tracks in 3h exposure time

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M 42 The Orion Nebula and Neighbors

The celestial region shown in the image comprises the surroundings of the Large Orion Nebula. Most of the objects visible in the photographs are located in the Orion arm of the Milky Way, as is our home solar system.

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HDR image section of the Orion Nebula with surroundings, telescope Newton 130mm f/3.3, camera Canon EOS 6Da ISO800, 60x180s 10x: 60s, 30s, 10s, 5s

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