Do you have a crush on Orion Belt in the night sky? If yes, then you are not alone. This is one of the most fascinating constellations housing some very important start in it. It consists of the three bright stars Alnitak, Alnilam, and Mintaka in the centre. The great Betelgeuse at shoulder, the Rigel at feet and the Sirius next to it.
I took the above picture of Orion Belt In Night Sky from the desert of Sharjah in mid-December 2020 Orion Belt In Night Sky
In Greek mythology, the hunter Orion was the most handsome of men. He was the son of the sea god Poseidon and Euryale, the daughter of King Minos of Crete. In Homer’s Odyssey, Orion is described as exceptionally tall and armed with an unbreakable bronze club.
Orion is a well-known constellation in many cultures. In Australia, the stars forming Orion’s Belt and sword are sometimes called the Pot or the Saucepan. In South Africa, the three stars of Orion’s Belt are known as Drie Konings (the three kings) or Drie Susters (the three sisters). In Spain and Latin America, the stars are called Las Tres Marías, or The Three Marys.
The pharaohs of Egypt were believed to be transformed into Osiris after their passing, some of the greatest pyramids – the ones at Giza – were built to mirror the pattern of the stars in the constellation. To make the transformation easier, the air shaft in the King’s Chamber in the Great Pyramid was aligned with the star Alnitak, Zeta Orionis, the easternmost star in Orion’s Belt.