Mr. Rankin: Thanks for the great post! Orion is so special to me--it was the first constellation that I recognized after agonizing over star charts as a young boy. On the charts I recongnized the three stars of the belt, Mintaka, etc, and went outside and found the belt. From there I learned all the constellations and Orion opened up the universe for me. Orion is like a special friend to me and I look forward to seeing him each fall. I look forward to reading and seeing more of your posts and pics.
That is a great story Dr. Lee Wallace. It's these sort of connections that foster a wider perspective on the world, and a more healthy one in my opinion. Thanks for sharing it!
This is so great! Here in Shoreline, WA there are Star Gazing Parties once a month at two local parks. I have been so impressed with the quality of the telescopes as well as the overall knowledge and of the local professional and amateur astronomers. This is the perfect compliment to this growing interest in learning about stars and space in general. Thank you for this very informative post and blog.
Thanks! Star parties are the best aren't they? So many knowledgeable people with so many awesome telescopes. It's one of the best ways to learn and to enter the hobby.
I wonder why Orion is the Hunter. I can see it, but it could be anything. Is it the Hunter because it appears at hunting season?
He gets the hunter label from Greek Mythology. See more here: http://www.theoi.com/Gigante/GiganteOrion.html