"A fascinating insight into Ireland's ancient burial sites" - Irish Independent
The glory of the stars
is probably the single best known constellation throughout the
world. Visible from both hemispheres, it contains seven bright
stars, has a very distinctive human-like shape, and attracts
amateur astronomers because of its famous nebulae.
Ireland, Orion dominates the south of the sky during the Winter
shoulder star of Betelgeuse is visibly orange-red in colour
- because it is a red giant star. Rigel, at Orion's foot, is
another very bright star. Beneath the belt is the Orion Nebula.
ancient Ireland, the constellation was not known as Orion, but
was probably the stellar representation of the great king, Nuadu
of the Silver Hand.
star cluster (ringed) is known as the double cluster for obvious
reasons. It is located between the constellations of Perseus
and Cassiopeia in the northern hemisphere of the sky, and is
situated in a band of the milky way so there is a very high
concentration of stars in this area. The distinctive W shape
of the constellation Cassiopeia can be seen to the upper right.
photograph shows the winter night sky over Ireland. The photo
is a five-minute exposure taken on 400ASA film with an 18-35mm
lens at f2.8. The picture shows Orion through the trees, with
Taurus and the Pleiades taking centre stage. The two bright
objects to the bottom right are Saturn on the left and the really
bright Jupiter on the right. The picture was taken in November
AND THE PLEIADES
familiar star shape of the Winter night sky is Taurus, the Bull.
Situated above Orion's head, Taurus is conspicuous because of
its distinctive resemblance to the bull. The v-shaped cluster
called the Hyades marks the bull's head, with the bright red
giant Aldebaran marking the eye, while the shoulder of this
beast is marked by the fantastic and well-known star cluster
called the Pleiades, or Seven Sisters. See also the legend
of Dowth which mentions the bull constellation and the Pleiades.