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February 22, 2012

#1020: Orion Nebula

Orion Nebula

[[Opening speaker stands behind a lectern decorated with the indicators of the International Astronomical Union]]

Speaker: Welcome to IAU Symposium #279.

Speaker: We are no strangers to controversy, and we will not shy away from the tough issues. Which brings us to the subject at hand.

[[An anatomically uncensored projection of the Constellation Orion appears before the speaker]]

Speaker: It’s time to talk about the fact that Orion clearly has a dong.

Attendee in crowd #1: It’s hard to miss.

Attendee #2: we could keep telling people it’s a sword.

Attendee #3: C’mon, no one’s buying that anymore.