Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Orion the Hunter

The constellation of Orion dominates the southern sky during winter in the Northern Hemisphere.



The brightest stars of Orion have wonderful names.

The Red Giant star Betelgeuse marks one shoulder, the other shoulder is marked by Bellatrix.

The three Belt Stars (left to right) are Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka.

The knees are marked by Saiph and the very bright Rigel.

Like many star names they are of Arabic origin.

The stars of Orion act as signposts to other stars seen at the same time of year.




The stars shown here are good examples of some of the variety of types of stars.


 

The Sun is really rather small compared to many stars

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