Winter is prime time for finding one of the brightest and perhaps most famous nebula in the sky, the Orion Nebula. The nebula is in the brightest constellation in the winter sky making it easy to locate. Orion is high in the southern sky this time of year and is easily spotted by the distinct three stars in a row that form Orion’s belt. Once you spot the belt of Orion, directly below you’ll see three faint stars lined up – up and down. This is Orion’s sword. Look closely at the middle of these three and you’ll notice its fuzzy. This is actually a very tight grouping of four stars called the trapezium located in the heart of the nebula.
Aim your binoculars or a small telescope and enjoy the faint green glow of the nebula. Head to dark skies for an even better view.