Daily cosmobite: an upside down Hunter

14_Orion_HeveliusAfter dusk the constellation of Orion the Hunter can be seen low in the eastern sky. As seen from the southern hemisphere, Orion is upside down. Rigel, the bright star at the top of Orion, represents Orion’s left foot. Betelgeuse, the bright reddish star at the bottom represents Orion’s right armpit.

The constellation of Orion with the correct orientation. Drawing by Johannes Hevelius in his 1690 star atlas

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