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Orion – The Hunter

Orion is one of the 88 constellations within the celestial sphere.

Orion is one 17 of the constellations that represents a mythical character.

Symbolism: Orion is also known as ‘The Hunter’

 

 

History & Mythology

Orion has been known by many different cultures and represent many different things for these cultures throughout history. In Greek mythology, Orion represents a hunter who was the son of Poseidon, the god of the sea. Orion was said to be killed by a mere scorpion, possibly for retribution. Orion is a mid sized constellation however the constellation is really recognizable by its distinct shape of a hunter holding a weapon.

Key Data

Bordering Constellations: Gemini is bordered by constellations Gemini, Monoceros, Taurus, Lepus & Eridanus.

Sky Chart #: 6.

Star Raking: 26th largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars: Orion consists of 7 main stars.

Brightest Star: Rigel.

 

Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. Orion has 10 stars with planets.

# 2. Orion is home to the Red Supergiant Betelgeuse.  

# 3. Rigel is the brightest star in the Orion constellation.

 

Q&A Corner

Q. What is Orion also known as?

Q. How many main stars does Orion have?

Q. What is the brightest star in Orion?

Q. How many stars have planets in Orion?

Q. What number star ranking is Orion in the celestial sphere?

Download questions about the Orion Constellation here: Orion Constellation (answers are on this page)

Teachers. For more in depth work sheets on constellations. Click on Kidskonnect Worksheets  

For further reading and more information on the Andromeda Constellation visit www.dustbunny.com/Orion

  Key Vocabulary Celestial. Chart. Constellation. History.

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