Published on Dec 29, 2018
Orion is the legendary great hunter of the Greek mythology. It is one of the most recognizable star figures in the night sky, and one of the prettiest, too. Lying on the celestial equator, Orion is an "equal opportunity" constellation, visible from all parts of the world except for the extreme polar regions. Let Orion be your guide to some of the winter constellations (or summer, if you're south of the equator). In the Southern Hemisphere, Orion appears inverted, and the belt and sword don't make much sense, so Southerners often call this group of stars "the Frying Pan." Face south on a northern winter night (or north on a southern summer night) and you'll readily spot Orion about halfway up the sky. Look first for the slightly lopsided rectangle with reddish Betelgeuse in one corner and bluish Rigel in the opposite corner. Halfway in between are the three stars of Orion's belt. These three stars point toward reddish Aldebaran in the constellation Taurus and the Pleiades star cluster beyond in one direction, and bluish Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, in the constellation Canis Major in the opposite direction. Read more here: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/40780555/ns...