What's happened to Orion?

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I've been out in the bush under the stars on very clear nights the last couple of weekends and for the first time in my life could not find Orion (aka the saucepan) in the night sky.

Any astronomers out there?
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Reply By: rocco2010 - Monday, Jun 11, 2018 at 18:53

Monday, Jun 11, 2018 at 18:53
I am no astronomer but I don't think it is visible here in winter.

In fact my Night Sky App on the Ipad tells me it is setting in the west right now.

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Follow Up By: IvanTheTerrible - Monday, Jun 11, 2018 at 19:41

Monday, Jun 11, 2018 at 19:41
Orion is a summer constellation. In winter Scorpio takes over.
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Follow Up By: Steve in Kakadu - Monday, Jun 11, 2018 at 20:19

Monday, Jun 11, 2018 at 20:19
Yep due west just below the horizon.
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Reply By: Member - J&A&KK - Monday, Jun 11, 2018 at 19:46

Monday, Jun 11, 2018 at 19:46
Hi Paul

Outback sky gazing on a cloud free night is a wonderful experience. I am no astronomer but enjoy looking at the night sky and trying to identify what I see.

I use the SkySafari app (free) on an iPad. Once you understand how to use it you should be able to identify everything in the night sky seen with the naked eye.

I do not know where you are at the moment so SkySafari can’t help much as it operates on your xy location. However see image below for what it reports assuming you are in Perth.

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Happy star gazing.

Cheers John

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Follow Up By: Member - J&A&KK - Monday, Jun 11, 2018 at 19:54

Monday, Jun 11, 2018 at 19:54
Image link did not work. Will try again



Hope it works this time
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Follow Up By: Member - J&A&KK - Monday, Jun 11, 2018 at 20:03

Monday, Jun 11, 2018 at 20:03
Paul

As you can see Orion is very low on the western horizon( azimuth 277 altitude +6) and basically only visible during daylight hours (rises 06:35hrs sets 18:23hrs) assuming you are in Perth. If you are around Kal, 600km east of Perth, then it may not be visible at all.

Trust this helps.

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Reply By: equinox - Monday, Jun 11, 2018 at 23:26

Monday, Jun 11, 2018 at 23:26
This is where it is as at 9:20WST from perspective of Kalgoorlie.

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Reply By: pmk03 - Tuesday, Jun 12, 2018 at 08:58

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2018 at 08:58
Hi
Could still see it a couple of weeks back from WA Goldfields
Taken at around 7.00pm 26/5/18
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Follow Up By: Candace S. - Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 22:41

Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 22:41
I don't have time to post the pic right now, but I too got a nice pic of Orion about a month ago, from north of Alice Springs.
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Reply By: Member - Paul B (WA) - Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 at 22:07

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 at 22:07
Thanks very much for all the interesting replies. I had no idea it was not visible in the winter, I mainly camp in the winter and it just always seems to have been up there, but there you go.
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