Daily cosmobite: the left foot of the Hunter

20_Orion with Rigel marked_Nick LombThe star Rigel represents the left foot of the constellation of Orion the Hunter. Although the Beta star of the constellation, it is brighter than the Alpha star the giant Betelgeuse. Rigel is the seventh brightest star in the sky and is 860 light years away from us. As it is a massive star it is likely to end its life as a supernova.

The constellation of Orion with Rigel indicated. Photo Nick Lomb

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