(via The Hunter, the station, and the southern lights | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine)
Astronaut Ron Garan, who has been providing the world with amazing photography from the ISS via @Astro_Ron, is coming home today. But, before leaving, he took this shot while the ISS was over Antarctica. You can see the obvious aurora australis, and the bit of the space station on the right of the frame, but look at the upper left.
See that belt of three stars? Yep. That’s Orion. Now, if you’re in the northern hemisphere like me, be prepared for a bit of a jolt.
That’s not Rigel and Saiph in the picture (Orion’s knees, the stars you’d expect to be “below” the belt). That’s Betelgeuse and Bellatrix, his shoulders, sitting there.
Funky, no? But the ISS is over Antarctica, and Orion is oriented differently in the southern hemisphere, so not so world-shaking.