Lahinch Co. Clare
Irish Photography Prints - Ancient sites, Nature & the Stars.
The Orion Nebula was first discovered by French astronomer Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc in 1610 (although there is speculation it was discovered by the Mayans). Stars are born here, as clouds of hydrogen contract under their own gravity and when hot enough nuclear fission ignites to form a protostar. Containing around 700 stars, the nebula is near the second star in the sword of Orion's Belt, it rises above the horizon to the east around 1am. The Nebula is around 1400 light years away, you would have to travel at the speed of light for 1400 years to get there . Light takes 24 years to get from one side of the Nebula to the other, (it takes 8 min for light to reach us from the sun). The red colour is hydrogen, the blue is reflected radiation from the huge stars in the centre of the nebula.
Taken with my 7 inch telescope from County Clare.
I am from Lahinch in County Clare and have been visiting the ancient sites of Ireland since 2015. I am very interested how the doorway of stone circles always seem to be purposefully pointed at the sunrise or sunset at key times of the year. This suggests that the people who built these forts thousands of years ago had a deep understanding of astronomy and were more advanced than we give them credit for.
I also film and edit music videos, see below for my latest work -
The Rolling Sun over Croagh Patrick on my youtube channel :