Thursday, November 04, 2010

Seeking Orion

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My anchor to the night-sky in Delhi, or for that matter anywhere else in India, has always been the `belt` of Orion the Hunter (aka Mriga in Indian mythology). The simple, staggered array of three bright stars (Alnitak, Alnilam, and Mintaka) could be spotted even when the sky was hazy...

Where should I look for the hunter in Tsukuba?

Here is the map for the Tokyo night-sky:

current night sky over Tokyo
Sky map by AstroViewer®

Since Tsukuba is close to Tokyo, perhaps the hunter is sitting somewhere along the edge of the eastern horizon...

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INTERESTING LINKS:

Your Sky from Fourmilab, Switzerland (lots of great science stuff here!)
- Horizon view of Tokyo (35°45'N 139°34'58"E)

Stellarium - free, open-source planetarium downloads

AAAD - Amateur Astronomers Association Delhi - http://www.aaadelhi.org/

AstroViewer - (pretty basic, with limited locations, but the maps can be embedded)
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