All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Orion Constellation</strong>
Jan. 2010

Orion is the "hunter". In his upper "armpit" there is a huge star called <em>Betelgeuse</em> (pronounced "beetle juice"). This large red star is 500 light-years away from Earth. If it was our sun, it w...
Orion Constellation
Jan. 2010

Orion is the "hunter". In his upper "armpit" there is a huge star called Betelgeuse (pronounced "beetle juice"). This large red star is 500 light-years away from Earth. If it was our sun, it would reach Mars! It is a relatively cool star, with a temperature of 5,000 degrees F.
Rigel is a small, blue star in Orion's righ "ankle". It is super-hot, reaching 35,000 degrees F.
The 3 diagonal stars in the middle of the constellation make up his belt. His "sword" is the 3 small vertical dots. The middle one is Orion's Nebula (a gas cloud and birthplace of new stars).

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