Art of Orion

By Harley White posted 04-20-2021 09:42


Art of Orion
Orion put aside his hunting gear
as well as mad pursuits of Pleiades
to grace celestial skies of mythic sphere
with swirling sweeps of paintings in a frieze
where grand displays of abstract art appear
emblazoned with prismatic expertise.
Was it a rush of great galactic awe
that caused such change in crass Orion’s mien,
a fleeting lapsus when again he saw,
as viewed on Hesiod’s poetic screen,
his blindness healed by Helios, to draw
delight from stellar marvels yet unseen?
Once deemed to be creation’s cosmic fire
in Mayan culture of an olden age,
the nebula in Hunter’s starred attire
is just beneath his belt as gazers gauge
of color palette dreamers to inspire
with fluid fancies dancing on its stage.
Called Messier Four Two, this region teems
with star formation, plus it’s near to Earth,
or fifteen hundred light-years far, so gleams
are easily perceived from it, thus worth
a lot to the astronomers with schemes
of ascertaining more on stellar birth.
‘Tis fuzzily discerned in darkened sky
as middle ‘star’ in bold Orion’s sword,
first glimpsed in sixteen hundreds there to lie
through aid of early scope, then to record
this cloudscape, visible with naked eye,
in later observations much explored.
But while the Hunter in us hunts on high
midst starry realms of wondrous cosmic art
let’s hope whatever findings we descry
will lead us to a purer humbler heart
along with seeking spirit ever nigh
for vaster view of truth ere we depart.
~ Harley White
* * * * * * * * *
Image and info ~ Messier 42 (The Orion Nebula) at Hubble site… 

Orion Nebula ~ Wikipedia… 

Abstract Art Found in the Orion Nebula… 

Image explanation ~ This Hubble Space Telescope image offers a detailed view inside the vast Orion Nebula (M42) — a nearby, turbulent, star-forming region. The Orion Nebula is a picture book of star formation, allowing astronomers to study stars of all types and sizes in one location. More than 3,000 stars appear in this image alone. This image offers the sharpest view of the Orion Nebula ever obtained. Created using 520 different Hubble exposures taken in multiple wavelengths of light, this mosaic contains over one billion pixels. Hubble imaged most of the nebula, but ground-based images were used to fill in the gaps in its observations. The orange color in the image can be attributed to hydrogen, green represents oxygen, and the red represents both sulfur and observations made in infrared light.

Credits: NASA, ESA, M. Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team