Last night there above from my view of the night sky from the Swansea Valley… above is the Constellation Orion. It was a very cold, clear and frosty night.
Out of all the constellations in the night sky, it’s one of my favourites and one of the most well known.
The constellation Orion not only has Greek, but origins in Sumerian mythology, specifically in the myth of Gilgamesh. Sumerians associated it with the story of their hero fighting the bull of heaven, represented by Taurus.
They called Orion URU AN-NA, which means “the light of heaven.” Their name for the constellation Taurus was GUD AN-NA, or “the bull of heaven.”
The Interactive Night Sky Map simulates the sky above Swansea on a date of your choice. Use it to locate a planet, the Moon, or the Sun and track their movements across the sky. The map also shows the phases of the Moon, and all solar and lunar eclipses.
And just looking up at the winter sky, I just can’t help but notice this celestial wonder; probably the most striking of all the constellations.
Orion is on the celestial equator, visible from the northern hemisphere. A constellation of seven bright stars.
It is the true north; a winter constellation right here over Wales.