Constellation: Orion

Orion is a highly recognisable constellation due to it being bright and resembling a person. As it is located on the celestial equator Orion is visible throughout the world.

This constellation contains Rigel, which is a very bright star equal to approximatley 60,000 of our suns. In fact if Rigel was as close to us as Sirius it would be one-fith as bright as the full moon!

Astronomical Objects in Orion

How to find all nebula and open clusters in the Sword of the Orion constellaion.

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What equipment do you need to see Orion?

Technically you don't need any equipment at all to see Orion! However, to see the fainter stars in the constellation, especially from a light-polluted location would require a good pair of binoculars.