Let Orion be your guide to the stars of the winter

After this article you will be able to recognize the Orion constellation in the night sky.

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Orion constellation is one of the brightest and best known constellations in the night sky.

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After the Big Dipper, probably the best known grouping of stars in the sky is the constellation Orion. Orion consists of a large rectangle of stars — including the first magnitude stars Betelgeuse and Rigel in opposite corners — with a striking string of three equally bright stars forming Orion's belt in the center.

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Do you see Orion's belt in the center?

The constellation is also known as the Hunter, as it is associated with one in Greek mythology. It represents the mythical hunter Orion, who is often depicted in star maps as either facing the charge of Taurus, the bull, pursuing the Pleiades sisters, represented by the famous open cluster, or chasing after the hare (constellation Lepus) with his two hunting dogs, represented by the nearby constellations Canis Major and Canis Minor.

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The constellation Orion contains two of the ten brightest stars in the sky – Rigel and Betelgeuse.

Find Orion in the pictures below:

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Found it? Congrats! Now you're ready to recognize Orion in the night. Let Orion be your guide to the stars of winter (or summer, if you're south of the equator).

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Under a dark sky you can make out more of the figure of Orion. In one hand he holds a shield to protect himself from the angry bull Taurus. In the other he raises high a club to threaten his enemies.

Find out more:

Sources:

  • https://www.space.com/9671-winter-stargazing-orion-friends-shine-brightly.html
  • http://www.constellation-guide.com/constellation-list/orion-constellation/