December 10, 2013

Constellations in Milky Way - Orion Constellation

                     Orion is visible on nightsky throughout the world and located on the celestial equator. Its name derives from Greek mythology "Hunter". It contains two brightest stars Rigel and Betelgeuse. And its belt is also world famous, Orion's Belt consist of three stars Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka. Orion is very well known constellation since the ancient times. In Babylonian records it also can be seen. Apart from Babylonians, Orion was also recorded by Greek, Egyptians and Chinese.

                  Orion is around 900 light years away from the earth. The distance of its stars to Earth differs actually. Bellatrix (243 light years) and Alnilam (1359 light years) are the closest and the farthest.