Glossary entry for
Orion

Orion, the Hunter, is one of the most conspicuous and easily recognizable constellations in the night sky. From ancient times it has been mentioned in the literature and mythology of many peoples. In Greek mythology Orion was the son of Poseidon, who governed the waters, by Eurale, one of the Gorgons who inhabited the Western Ocean near the region of night. Orion was a giant of a man and a great hunter. In one story, he profanely boasted that he could conquer any animal on earth. Hera, wife of Zeus, decreed that a huge scorpion rise out of the ground, and it fatally bit him. Artemis requested that Orion be placed in the sky in such a location that he might escape in the west each time his slayer, Scorpius, also lifted into the heavens, rose in the east.

Contributed by Alan Pert, Sydney, Australia

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