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Orion (Orion)

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Orion includes the prominent asterism known as the Belt of Orion: three bright stars in a row. Surrounding the belt at roughly similar distances are four bright stars, which are considered to represent the outline of the hunter's body. Descending from the 'belt' is a smaller line of three stars (the middle of which is in fact not a star but the Orion Nebula), known as the hunter's 'sword'.

Orion's name derives from Greek Mythology, in which Orion was a gigantic hunter of primordial times. One story suggests that Orion was killed by a giant scorpion and the gods raised them both into the skies.

Neighbouring Constellations

Taurus (Bull)

Eridanus (Eridanus)

Gemini (Twins)

Lepus (Hare)

Monoceros (Unicorn)

Picture of Orion