Orion (the Hunter) climbs the sky. Orion's belt, Mintaka at right,
Alnilam in the center, and Alnitak at left, runs
through the middle of the picture.
Betelgeuse is the bright reddish star at upper left,
Rigel the bright star at lower right, Bellatrix the star
to the right of center above the belt. Saiph is centered near the lower
edge of the picture below the belt. Orion's head is
marked by the trio of stars at the top of the picture just
left of center, the
brightest of which is Meissa, with Phi-1 (right) and
Phi-2 below it. Mu Ori is just up and to the left
The the red glow in the middle of Orion's
Sword is the
Orion Nebula, which is lit by Theta-1 Ori.
The multiple star Sigma Orionis is just down and
to the rightof Alnitak, while Eta Orionis (Saif al Jabbar)
is the second star down and to the right of Mintaka. To the upper right
is a vertical string of stars all named Pi Orionis, from top to bottom
Pi-3 (Tabit), Pi-4, Pi-5 (the one with a neighbbor), and Pi-6.
Pi-1 and Pi-2 are off the top of the picture. W Ori is the
second star down and to the left of Pi-6, while VV is the right-most star
of the trio to the left of Alnilam. Orion's upraised club, topped by
Chi-1 and Chi-2 Ori, rises off the picture at upper left; the two
"Chi-stars" are visible on the images of both
Gemini and Taurus. Tau Ori is just up
and to the left of Rigel.
Along with Cursa in
Eridanus, it (and two others) it is part of Orion's
Then look for Omega Ori right between Alnitak and
Meissa and 31 Ori just down and to the right of Mintaka. 32 Ori is just
down and to the left of Bellatrix, while Psi is about halfway betweeen Belatrix and Mintaka,
with 25 Ori just down and to the right of Psi.
Betelgeuse is at the northwest apex of the