The Orion Constellation

Credits: Keith Turnecliff, Long Itchington

Spectacular Orion is a rare star grouping that looks like its namesake - a giant hunter, with a sword below his belt wielding a club.
The seven main stars lie in the 'Top 70' brightest stars in the sky, but they are not closely associated - they simply line up one behind the other.

Facts about the Orion Constellation by Keith Turnecliff

Betelgeuse is located 720 light years away and is the top left 'shoulder' star.
Betelgeuse is expected to end its evolution with a supernova explosion.

This star chart represents a view from Long Itchington for late January at 9pm.
Credits: Image courtesy of Starry Night Pro Plus 8, researched and implemented by Keith Turnecliff.