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Orion on the Apollo program insignia

Orion is a constellation located on the celestial equator and visible throughout the world. It is one of the most conspicuous and recognizable constellations in the night sky.

Orion's BeltEdit

The belt of Orion is an asterism in the constellation Orion. It consists of the three bright stars Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka. Looking for Orion's Belt in the night sky is the easiest way to locate constellation Orion in the sky. The stars are more or less evenly spaced in a straight line. They are best visible in the early night sky during the Northern Winter/Southern Summer, in particular the month of January at around 9.00 pm.[1]


Orion was identified in ancient Egypt with Osiris, the god of the underworld and the husband of Isis who is represented by the star Sirius. Their son was Horus, a solar deity, who on earth was embodied by the pharaohs ("living Horus"). Horus was also identified with Mars and the Great Sphinx.


  1. Dolan, Chris. "Orion". Archived from the original on 2011-11-28. Retrieved 2011-11-28.

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