By Dave Fuller on 12/22/2013 3:21 PM
An easy constellation for most anyone to find in the night sky is Orion. The three bright stars of nearly equal brightness and distance from each other, in an almost straight line, and surrounded by the quadrangle of Betelgeuse, Bellatrix, Saiph and Rigel are pretty hard to miss. And being located partly on either side of the celestial equator, this shape is visible from most every populated area on Earth.

Ancient people in Greece saw this constellation as a hunter. This make sense, given the way the three stars in the middle look like a belt, and it isn't hard to imagine a hunter standing there with a club over his head, fighting Taurus to the west. Below the belt is Orion's sword, three stars that aren't as bright as the previous seven, but nonetheless still get our attention. Those stars are found here:

Orion and magnified sword region

Those three stars are not all that far apart in angular...

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