Blog 48 The beauty of Orion, which is next to the constellation Unicorn by award-winning author, adventurer and scientist Mark Kingston Levin PhD

Figure 1. Josh Knutson took this 7-tile mosaic image of the constellations Monoceros (Unicorn) and Orion from his backyard in Rio Rancho, New Mexico on May 25, 2011. He used a T1i modified DSLR camera, 50mm lens at F/4.0, ISO 800 on a Vixen Polarie tracker. Mosaic alignment and stitching was handled by Robert Farrimond and post-processing by Salvatore Grasso.

Credit: Josh Knutson /

The constellations Monoceros, also known as Unicorn, and Orion come into stunning focus in this widefield image of the New Mexico night sky.
Unicorn is a dim constellation bordered by Gemini, Orion and Hydra, with no bright stars of it own. In the night sky it can be found just above Sirius, a bright star. Orion is a well-recognized constellation, famous for Orion’s belt. One of the most prominent stars in Orion is Betelgeuse, a red supergiant with an apparent intensity from 0.2 and 1.2. Smaller numbers represent brighter stars on this scale, with the dimmest objects visible to the human eye at about magnitude 6.5. You can locate the constellation Unicorn using Orion’s belt.

Figure 2. The Rosette Nebula is located about 5,000 light years away at the edge of the molecular cloud Unicorn, also known as the Monoceros constellation. Brian Davis, an Astro-photographer, captured this photo on January 28, 2012 from Sumter, S.C. The image was released to on Oct. 8, 2012.

Credit: Brian Davis

Sometimes artists cannot improve on the beauty of nature. This image of the Rosette Nebula is compared to great modern art. Which is better for your taste? or nature, depending how you see it. What part of nature is most beautiful to you?

Figure 3. Country road in Provence by Night by Vincent van Gogh was painted in 1889 Credit Wikipedia

I think nature eclipsed even the famous sky of the master artist Vincent van Gogh. What do you think?

Mark Kingston Levin PhD is an award-winning author, adventurer and scientist. Dr. Levin wrote the 30th Century series. Book 2 is 30th Century: Revived, which was release recently on Amazon, B&N and others.

Dr. Levin won the IRWIN for the Best Science Fiction Book of 2017 for the first book in the series, 30th Century: Escape. To read the first three chapters, see and use my email for comments and questions:

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Dr. Levin was born and grew up in Vermont with many winters spent in Florida as a child. As a teenager he wrote poetry, served as a lifeguard and played football. He currently enjoys sailing, exploring underwater caves, snorkeling, writing science fiction and other pursuits. After working on the Apollo and Mars projects, he returned to school to study under Nobel Laureate Paul Dirac, obtaining his PhD in 2.5 years. Dr. Levin founded two companies and served the science policy apparatus in President Ford’s administration. He has been published over 44 times in scientific literature and was awarded over 32 US patents. The science fiction writer is now emerging with his first work, a trilogy titled 30th Century.

The first award-winning book, 30th Century: Escape, is currently available on Amazon both in its original erotic form BUY HERE and the new, toned-down General Audience Edition in both Kindle and in full-color print BUY PRINT HERE. Book two in the series, 30th Century: Revived, is available HERE in both e-book and print. Look for book 3 in the series, 30th Century: Contact, by early 2019!

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