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Re: Orion Constellation

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Posted by Helene Botes/">Helene Botes on December 17, 1997 00:26:25 UTC

: I am doing a school project on the Orion constellation, : and I am not having a lot of luck finding any information : about it. So, if anyone can help me, please let me know.

: : Thankyou! !Many people refer to Orion's belt as the three Kings. Even the prophet Job Mentioned Orion and the seven sisters in the Old Testament (Job 38:31). They are right above the earth's equator, and when Orion appears in the east, they indicate true east. Rigel is a blue-white star, 57 000 times as bright as our sun, 900 light years away. and the 7th brightest star. It forms the one knee of Orion, the other knee is called Saiph (Arab). The Three Kings are called Mintaka, Alnilam and Alnitar. The three diagonal stars are the sword of Orion.

The centre star of the sword is the only gas cloud to be seen with the naked eye. This is the Great Nebula of Orion, hundreds of light years accross and 2000 light years away. Light we see now, have left the Great Nebula before Jesus Christ was born. One star, representing Orion's shoulder, is called Betelgeuse, meaning "the armpit of the giant". It is a red supergiant (coldr than our sun), 520 light years away, and the 12th brightest star.

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