the Hunter

Orion is one of the most ancient, and most recognized constellations in the night sky. According to mythology, Orion was the son of the sea god Poseidon. He was so skilled at hunting that he boasted that he could kill every animal on the Earth. The goddess of the earth, Gaia, was so offended by his boast she sent a tiny scorpion to stop him. Orion was stung by the insect and eventually died. Both his image and that of the scorpion were placed in the sky. They are on opposite sides of the sky, so when one is above the horizon, the other is below. The constellation of Orion is large and easy to find. It contains many bright stars and the so-called "belt of Orion", three very bright stars lined up in a row.