May 25, 2024

XKCD Web Comic #1020: Orion Nebula (described)

A web comic of romance,
sarcasm, math, and language.



Panel One: A stick figure is standing behind a podium with the letters “I A U ” on the front, underneath a banner that reads “International Astronomical Union.”

Person 1: Welcome to I A U Symposium #279.

Panel Two: Side view of the stick figure from the first panel. The podium is up on a stage.

Person 1: We are no strangers to controversy, and we will not shy away from the tough issues. – Which brings us to the subject at hand:

Panel Three: Front view of the stick figure behind the podium. Over the stick figure’s left shoulder is a screen with a projection of the Orion Constellation. An arrow indicates the Orion Nebula, which is visible “south of Orion’s belt.” The stick figure is pointing at this arrow.

Person 1: It’s time to talk about the fact that Orion clearly has a dong.

Off panel: It’s hard to miss.

Off panel: We could keep telling people it’s a sword.

Off panel: C’mon, no one’s buying that anymore.

Hover text: Also on the agenda: what’s with his hips?”


Warning: This comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors). Comic by Described by BlindGadget under the Creative Commons license.

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