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Orion's Milky Way Scavenger Hunt & Give Away: Clue 4
Orion's Milky Way Scavenger Hunt & Give Away: Clue 4

Orion's Milky Way Scavenger Hunt & Give Away: Clue 4

Orion's Milky Way Scavenger Hunt is on! If you'd like to participate in the scavenger hunt for your chance to win a StarShoot AutoGuider Pro Mono Astrophotography Camera, please make sure you do two things first:

We've decided to begin each week's clue at Messier 39, or M39, in honor of Orion's 39th Anniversary, which we're celebrating this July. See our Week 1 clue for directions to the M39 starting point.

Week 4:

Orion Scavenger Hunt Target #4:

  • From M39 move 18.5 degrees
  • And you'll find this giant star
  • With naked eye ease.
  • It's the last letter in the bird
  • But what makes it so great
  • Is that it's brighter than 150 suns
  • At a magnitude of 3.8
  • Move now to a diamond asterism
  • In an animal of the sea
  • That contains a nice binary star
  • Named by an astronomer, most jokingly.
  • This constellation has two ancient clusters
  • One by the tail, one by the nose
  • But the light of these beauties won't give any luster
  • Unless a telescope shows the glows.
  • Now head toward the border
  • Where two celestial equines meet
  • And a bright example of what you just saw
  • Is our destination, and a treat!
  • At magnitude 6.2 your eyes might just see
  • A small glowing spot
  • Off the flying horse's nose and front knee.
  • Hundreds of thousands of stars so quickly condense,
  • In 12 minutes of arc
  • To a point collapsing (as if it makes sense)
  • Into a tiny hole, very dark!
  • While binoculars show this as a fuzzy spot
  • Telescopes may reveal one small puffy member
  • And a real challenge you've got!
  • What is this object?

Send in your guess, with a sketch or image of the object, via a Facebook message to Orion Telescopes & Binoculars.

Date Taken: 07/08/2014
Author: Mark Wagner
Category: Seasonal

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