Study Guide

Orion Constellation

Constellation

Have you ever wondered why people chose to symbolize constellations with names like Orion and Scorpio? Well, back in the day, knowing your constellations was mad important. If you knew what you were looking at, you could tell the time of night, year, and which direction you were going by the movement and placement of the stars.

The trouble is that when you first start scoping out the night sky, it looks like a big old mess of stars. Once you start dividing them up and grouping them, though, the whole sky reads like a book. Finding shapes and patterns in the stars is really useful for helping to remember what's up, up there. By connecting the dots into characters and making up stories to go along with them, it's way easier to remember what's going on in the night sky. So, you get constellations like Orion, the Hunter, and his eternal enemy, Scorpio, forever duking it out in the night sky.

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