Betelgeuse and Rigel

– Betelgeuse and Rigel are the brightest stars in the constellation Orion. They are easily seen above and below the famous belt and sword. Betelgeuse, the 9th brightest star in the sky, is a red supergiant. As one of the largest known stars, Betelgeuse is truly a giant – 14 times more massive than our … Read More

Orion: The Great Hunter

– According to Greek mythology, Orion, the son of Poseidon, was blinded by Oenopion, afterwards seeking Helios the sun god to be healed. During the course of his hunting expeditions, he threatened to kill all the living animals, and was subsequently killed himself by a giant scorpion. After his death we’re told that he was … Read More