Orion constellation transitions from hunter to hunted in the March night sky

The constellation of Orion represents the Hunter for most of the year, but in mid-March the bright stars of this prominent cluster of stars are hunted by skygazers.

Named after the pinnacle of human excellence in hunting in Homer’s epic Greek poem The Odyssey, the stars of Orion shine brightly in the southwestern sky throughout March. The Orion Nebula, the closest star-forming region to Earth, is easy to find within the constellation and can even be spotted with binoculars in reasonably dark skies.

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