This constellation belongs to the zodiac. Its time of the year is between and .
This constellation does not belong to the zodiac.
It's brightest star is (not in database).
Constellation does not belong to the zodiac.
(not in database)
Orion is one of the most prominent constellations in the night-sky.
It is localed on the celestial equator, covering a large area in the
northern and the southern hemisphere of the sky. Therefore, it is well
visible from all habitated places on earth. Its distinct and unique
shape makes it very easy to recognize. It is one of the dominating
star formations during the winter months.
Orion is the ancient hunter, who was killed by the
In the night-sky, he follows the
Its belt is formed by a line of three very bright stars. His sword
hangs down from his belt and is marked by the well-known Orion Nebula
The brightest star is Rigel (the leg of the giant) with a brightness
of 0.1mag, the lower right star in Orion. Betelgeuse, the upper left star,
is the second brightest star in Orion. It is a red giant star with a variable
magnitude. The Orion Nebula (M42) is a huge gas and dust cloud. It is a star
formation area where new stars are born, hence the stars of M42 are all very young.
Orion also hosts the famous horse head nebula, a dark dust cloud with the shape
of a horse head.
Objects in Orion
A selection of interesting objects visible with a telescope.