"Orion's Belt: Three of My Favorite Stars with Really Nifty Names"

Scheduled air date: 2004 Mar 01-07


The three stars which make up the belt in the constellation Orion—Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka—are commonly called the Belt Stars.
(Shown about an hour after sunset during early March for mid-Northern latitudes.)


Alnitak is about 25 times the diameter of our Sun, Alnilam 30 times, and Mintaka 20 times the diameter of our Sun.
(The above illustrates the relative sizes of the stars, and not their positions.)

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