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Orion's Treasures

Orion's Treasures

Credit: Stanislav Volskiy

Here are some resources related to our January, 2016 public planetarium programs entitled "Orion's Treasures."

  • APOD: Dust in the Orion Nebula:  This is an amazing image of the brightest nebula in Orion, also known as M42. 
  • APOD: A 212-Hour Exposure of Orion:  This is one of the most amazing images I have ever seen. Certainly the most amazing image I've seen of Orion. Stanislav Volskiy accumulated 212 hours of "visible" light, in 1400 photographs in order to create this image. Be sure to mouseover the image to see the labels. And CLICK the image to see the high resolution version.
  • Hubble's Infrared Image of the Horsehead Nebula: This site includes the images and the explanation of what you are seeing.
  • Star and Planetary System Formation in the Orion Nebula:  Check out the images, explanatory text, and videos.
  • Globe At Night:  Determine how many stars you are seeing in order to measure how much light pollution you are experiencing at your location. Report your results!
  • Universe Sandbox:  This is the software that my student Nic used to create the diagram comparing the sizes of the main stars in Orion.

Eclipse Glasses for Sale!

Image shows a Sun shape made with eclipse glasses

Be safe, order a pair for everyone in the family!


Be prepared to look at the October 14, 2023 and the April 8, 2024 Solar eclipses!

Did you know the sun is a great object to look at any day... sometimes its sunspots are so large that you can see them with just your eyes (protected with these amazing eclipse glasses, of course) from our spaceship Earth at more than 93,000,000 miles away.

Glasses purchased must be picked up at the planetarium by appointment or at any of our public events.   Cost is $5 per pair with all proceeds directly benefiting the planetarium.  Send an email to the planetarium to arrange for a pickup time.

Cash or check is our preferred method of payment but payment through our online store is possible, if you have to use a credit card.

Buy a pair for yourself, every family member, as a gift, or simply donate the purchase so that we can provide safe eclipse glasses to others in our community.

Additional donations welcomed!!