Orion Constellation – Hunting His Way Across the Night Sky


If you look up into the sky during the winter, you will see Orion. The constellation known as the Hunter, which is prominent and simple to spot in the night sky.

Near the river Eridanus, with his hunting dogs Canis Major and Canis minor, which literally means “big dog” and “lesser dog,” respectively.

Orion is on the prowl for the constellation of the hare, Lepus, as well as the bull, Taurus.

Orion was put to death when he stepped on a scorpion that belonged to Scorpius and was subsequently stung.

Although it is only the sixth brightest star in the sky, Rigel (beta orionis), also known as the left foot, is in fact the brightest star in the constellation Orion.

Rigel is included in the asterism known as the winter circle.

Betelgeuse, also known as alpha orionis, is the second brightest star in the constellation Orion and is a variable star. It received its name during a period of increased luminosity, during which it appeared to be more bright than Rigel.

Because Betelgeuse is such an old and massive star, its eventual explosion, which will occur in a few thousand years, will cause it to become so bright that it will be visible during the day.

The “Amazon star” on Bellatrix’s left shoulder is also known as the “Bellatrix star.” It is the 22nd brightest star in the night sky.

Showing The Way

In a manner similar to that of the Big Dipper constellation, the Orion constellation can be utilised to locate other stars and constellations.

If you extend the belt of Orion to the southeast, you will arrive at Sirius, the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major, also known as the dog star.

Finding Procyon in Canis Minor requires travelling from Bellatrix to Betelgeuse via the shoulders of these two stars.

Castor and Pollux, the two stars that make up the Gemini constellation, are located at the end of a line that goes from Rigel to Betelgeuse.

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)

Named Stars: 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 size scopes.

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