English: The great hunter Orion hangs above ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), in this stunning, previously unseen, image. As the VLT is in the Southern Hemisphere, Orion is seen here head down, as if plunging towards the Chilean Atacama Desert. At night the four giant 8.2-metre Unit Telescopes of the VLT are all turned skywards to help astronomers in their quest to understand the Universe. The band of the Milky Way, criss-crossed by contrasting dark dust lanes, stretches up over the VLT’s Unit Telescope 3 (Melipal), with the bright star Capella glinting just above the telescope. Up and to the left, Orion’s belt and sword, containing the Orion Nebula, lie between the blue star Rigel and the orange Betelgeuse. The red Rosetta Nebula is seen in the middle part of the Milky Way, while Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, hangs above the scene. The red patch just above the VLT Unit Telescope 2 (Kueyen) is the California Nebula, nicely offset by the blue of the beautiful Pleiades star cluster a little to the left and above.
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While far Orion o'er the waves did walk
That flow among the isles.
Shelley's The Revolt of Islam.
Orion with his glittering belt and sword
Gilded since time has been, while time shall be.
. . . .
Thou splendid soulless warrior! What to thee,
Marching along the bloodless fields, are we!
Lucy Larcom's Orion.
Orion, the Giant, Hunter, and Warrior
through the ether to the lofty ceiling,
Where Orion and Seirios dart from their eyes
The flaming rays of fire.
p305the northern Bear,
Who from her frozen height with jealous eye
Confronts the Dog and Hunter in the South.
When the Scorpion comes
Orion flies to utmost end of earth.
Great Orion sloping slowly to the west,
When strong Orion chaces to the deep the Virgin stars;
with his glittering sword Orion arm'd;
Of every sterne the twynkling notis he
That in the still hevin move cours we se,
Arthurys house, and Hyades betaikning rane,
Watling strete,c the Horne and the Charlewane,
The fiers Orion with his goldin glave;
then the winds war aloud,
And veil the ocean with a sable cloud:
Then round the bark, already haul'd on shore,
Lay stones, to fix her when the tempests roar;
when with fierce winds Orion arm'd
Hath vex'd the Red-sea coast, whose waves o'erthrew
Busiris and his Memphian chivalry.
Forget not, when Orion first appears,
To make your servants thresh the sacred ears;
I see the motion of the holy constellation Sahu.
The Osiris N is the constellation Orion;
on his arm the lion's hide
Scatters across the midnight air
The golden radiance of its hair.
those three stars of the airy Giants' zone
That glitter burnished by the frosty dark.
In his vast Head immerst in boundless spheres
Three Stars less bright, but yet as great, he bears.
But further off remov'd, their Splendor's lost.