The star Betelgeuse
Orion looms over a lone house on the Hornbeck Homestead in Florissant, Colorado as it slips below the horizon.
This massive beacon in the night sky on Orion's 'shoulder' is a red supergiant with a mass 10 - 20 times that of our own sun. For comparison, if you exchanged the sun for Betelgeuse, the latter would swallow everything from Mercury through Mars to the asteroid belt. Most astronomers agree it is close to supernova +/- 100,000 years.
A wide angle view of Orion next to a winter arrangement of bright Aldebaran, Mars, and the Pleiades.
A clear 50mm snap of Orion at its height in the winter sky.
Clear skies, a stable mount called the Sky Watcher Star Adventurer GTi, 30 1-minute exposures with a Sony Alpha 6300 camera, and the fast 50mm manual focus f/1.4 lens by Samyang all conspired to bring you this image.
A detailed exposure that illustrates the major stars and nebulae.
A very tropical Orion rises above the palm trees on Grand Cayman.
Mars shines brightly through the palm trees with Bettlejuice rising in the bottom right.
Capturing the rare proximity of Mars to M45, the Pleiades.