Hunting His Way Across
The Night Sky
Orion The Constellation
Look up in the winter sky and there he is- Orion
The constellation of the hunter- standing tall and
Near the river Eridanus with his hunting dogs
Canis Major-the big or great dog, and Canis minor-the lesser dog.
Orion is hunting Lepus the hare and
taurus constellation of the bull.
Orion was killed when he stepped on and was stung by
Scorpius the scorpion.
Rigel(beta orionis)the left foot, the sixth brightest star in the sky,
is actually the brightest star in the constellation.
Rigel is part of
the winter circle asterism.
The right shoulder Betelgeuse(alpha orionis), is second brightest and
is a variable star. It was named during a period of brightness making
it appear more luminous than Rigel.
Betelgeuse is an old star and is so massive that when it explodes
in a few thousand years it will become so bright it will be visible
during the day.
Bellatrix the left shoulder is known as the "Amazon star". It's the
22nd brightest star.
Showing The Way
the Big Dipper constellation
, Orion the constellation can be used to find other
stars and constellations.
Extending the belt of Orion to the southeast will
lead you to Sirius the dog star in Canis Major.
Going across the shoulders from Bellatrix to
Betelgeuse finds Procyon in Canis Minor.
Drawing a line from Rigel through Betelgeuse
points to Castor and Pollux the Twins
of the Gemini constellation
Hunting With Orion
Right Ascension: 5 hours
Declination: 5 degrees
Visible between latitudes 85 and -75 degrees
Best seen in January (at 9:00 PM)
BETELGEUSE (Alpha Ori)
RIGEL (Beta Ori)
BELLATRIX (Gamma Ori)
MINTAKA (Delta Ori)
ALNILAM (Epsilon Ori)
ALNITAK (Zeta Ori)
Nair al Saif (Iota Ori)
SAIPH (Kappa Ori)
Meissa (Lambda Ori)
Tabit (Pi 3 Ori)
Tabit (Pi 2 Ori)
Tabit (Pi 4 Ori)
Tabit (Pi 1 Ori)
Thabit (Upsilon Ori)
Orion the constellation is filled with many different
types of nebulae.
The Orion nebula is seen as the middle star in the sword
of Orion hanging from his belt.
The Horsehead nebula B33 is a dark dust cloud in front of
emission nebula IC434. The shape of the dust cloud gives
the nebula its name.
Below the belt star Alnitak is the Flame nebula NGC2024.
Blue reflection nebula NGC2023 is below right of the
Flame nebula and below left of the Horsehead.
Other reflection nebulae are IC435, IC432, IC431.
These nebulae are visible in binoculars and small
telescopes and more nebulae become visible in larger
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