"The Wonderful Stars of Orion's Belt, and; How They Turned Me On To Star Gazing"

Scheduled air date: 2002 Jan 28-Feb 03

The three stars which make up the belt in the constellation Orion—Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka—are commonly called the Belt Stars.
(Shown around 8:30 PM late January/early February for mid-Northern latitudes.)

Alnitak is 9 times the diameter of our Sun, Alnilam 16 times, and Mintaka 6.5 times the diameter of our Sun.
(The above illustrates the relative sizes of the stars, and not their positions.)

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Illustrations on this page were created using TheSky Astronomy Software, an advanced desktop planetarium program designed for Windows.

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