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Transcript of ORION CONTELLATION
& Hana Hanafi
Orion constellation lies in the northern sky, on the celestial equator.
It is one of the brightest and best known constellations in the night sky.
Orion is also known as the Hunter
Orion is visible in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres.
In the Northern hemisphere the constellation can be seen from late autumn to early spring
In the Southern hemisphere Orion can be seen in the summer months, note that it will appear upside down.
Where & when can it be seen from ?
In Greek mythology, the hunter Orion was the most handsome of men. He was the son of the sea god Poseidon and Euryale.
Orion is described as exceptionally tall and armed with an unbreakable bronze club.
Rigel (Beta Orionis) It is a blue supergiant star, designated as type B8Ia, some 773 light-years from Earth.
Betelgeuse (Alpha Orionis), a red super giant. Stellar Class type is M1-M2Ia-Ib
In one myth, Orion fell in love with the Pleiades, the seven sisters, daughters of Atlas and Pleione.
He started pursuing them and Zeus scooped them up and placed them in the sky.
The Pleiades are represented by the famous star cluster of the same name, located in the constellation Taurus. Orion can still be seen chasing the sisters across the sky at night.
In another story, Orion fell in love with Merope, the beautiful daughter of King Oenopion who didnt return his affections.
One night, he had too much to drink and tried to force himself on her.
The king, enraged, put out Orions eyes and banished him from his land, the island of Chios.
Orion eventually encountered an oracle that told him if he went east toward the sunrise, his sight would be restored. Orion did so and his eyes were miraculously healed.