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01/25/2013 – Ephemeris – The star names of Orion

January 25, 2013

Ephemeris for Friday, January 25th.  The sun will rise at 8:08.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 33 minutes, setting at 5:42.   The moon, 1 day before full, will set at 7:23 tomorrow morning.

The constellation of Orion the hunter is visible in the south at 9 p.m. The stars of Orion are interesting in themselves. Starting at the top left of the seven bright stars of Orion’s torso is Betelgeuse the bright red star, whose name means something like “Armpit of the Giant”. The star in Orion’s other shoulder is Bellatrix the “Amazon Star”. Below are the three stars of Orion’s belt, from left to right; Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka. Their names mean “Girdle”, “Belt of Pearls”, and “Belt” respectively. Down to Orion’s knees we look on the left to the star Saiph which means “Sword”, though it is some ways from the stars of Orion’s sword. Finally there’s the bright blue-white star Rigel whose name means “left Leg of the Giant”.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan.  They may be different for your location.

Addendum

Orion with star names

Orion with star names

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