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  1. Explain how the Orion Nebula got its name. (See answer)
  2. The Orion constellation is visible in the Northern Hemisphere’s winter sky. List any other constellations that you are aware of and identify the season of the year when the constellations are visible in the night sky. Why do you think some constellations are visible at only certain times of the year? (See answer)
  3. Look at the stars in the Orion Nebula image. List similarities and differences between the star images. (See answer)
  4. If you could ask a scientist several questions about the Orion Nebula, what would they be? (See answer)
  5. Have you ever seen the Orion Nebula through a telescope? If so, describe what you saw. (See answer)
Diagram of the constellation Orion showing the site of the Orion Nebula.