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Orion is a constellation in the southern sky. It is surrounded by Gemini, Taurus, Eridanus, Lepus and Monoceros.

Latin name Orion
Latin genitive Orionis
International abbreviation Ori
Number of stars 186
Symbology Orion

Remarkable objects

History and mythology

The great hunter Orion makes up one of the most remarkable constellations in the sky. The stars Betelgeuse and Bellatrix shine from its shoulders, Rigel and Saiph form his feet and the three stars Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka grace his belt. According to one of the myths, Orion killed the Scorpion, and as a result they hate each other so much that they refuse to appear simultaneously in the sky: when Orion arises, Scorpius sets, and vice versa.


88 Official Constellations by IAU

AndromedaAntliaApusAquariusAquilaAraAriesAurigaBoötesCaelumCamelopardalisCancerCanes VenaticiCanis MajorCanis MinorCapricornusCarinaCassiopeiaCentaurusCepheusCetusChamaeleonCircinusColumbaComa BerenicesCorona AustralisCorona BorealisCorvusCraterCruxCygnusDelphinusDoradoDracoEquuleusEridanusFornaxGeminiGrusHerculesHorologiumHydraHydrusIndusLacertaLeoLeo MinorLepusLibraLupusLynxLyraMensaMicroscopiumMonocerosMuscaNormaOctansOphiuchusOrionPavoPegasusPerseusPhoenixPictorPiscesPiscis AustrinusPuppisPyxisReticulumSagittaSagittariusScorpiusSculptorScutumSerpensSextansTaurusTelescopiumTriangulumTriangulum AustraleTucanaUrsa MajorUrsa MinorVelaVirgoVolansVulpecula