Stargazing: Orion signals seasonal change

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As our planet revolves around the sun, the location of the sun appears to shift its position gradually from day to day, tracing out a path against the background of more distant stars. This seasonal cycle tells us where in the year we are. Although we can't see the stars in sunlight, the changes we see in the sky after sunset and before sunrise remind us that the sun's position among the stars is changing.

After months of hiding in the sun's glare, Orion, the mighty hunter of antiquity, has returned to the morning sky. Orion's reappearance reminds us of the cycle of changing seasons and the cooler weather that's just a few short weeks away.

Start your search for Orion 30 degrees above the east-southeastern horizon at 5 a.m. by locating the three bright stars in the Hunter's belt. They'll be pointing down to Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky. Betelgeuse will be to the left of the belt and Rigel to the belt's right.


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