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Constellation of Orion

A print of the copperplate engraving for Johann Bayer's Uranometria (1603) showing the constellation Orion.

Courtesy of the United States Naval Observatory Library
Definition: In Greek mythology, when Orion was killed his body was placed among the stars where it is seen as a large constellation marked by a 3-star belt. When alive, Orion was a giant, good-looking hunter about whom many conflicting stories are told. Among his admirers were the Greek goddesses Eos (Aurora = the dawn) and the virgin hunter goddess Artemis (Diana). Orion fathered a prodigious number of offspring and assaulted Merope and the Pleiades. The father of Poseidon is usually said to have been Poseidon.

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