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Is Orion a constellation or an asterism?

Another asterism is the Pleiades, which is a small cluster of stars found in Taurus. Edit: And to be precise, a constellation actually refers to an area of the sky and not the pattern of stars. The constellation Orion is made up of a specific area of the sky and not just the stars that look like a hunter.

Consequently, what is the story of the constellation Orion?

Orion the Hunter appears in the winter sky, with his bow and his hunting dogs, Canis Major and Canis Minor, trailing behind him. Greek mythology tells us that Orion was known as a talented hunter. His boast that he could rid the earth of all the wild animals, however, angered the Earth goddess, Gaia.

What is the Orion constellation used for?

While the Orion constellation is named after the hunter in Greek mythology, it is anything but stealthy. Orion, which is located on the celestial equator, is one of the most prominent and recognizable constellations in the sky and can be seen throughout the world.

How do you find Orion?

To find Canis Major:
  1. Imagine a straight line through Orion's belt.
  2. Move your eyes left (south) until you come to a very bright star—that's Sirius, the nose of the dog.
  3. Look farther south to find a triangle of stars that marks the dog's hindquarters.
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