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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Orion - Hanli Seon - Grade 6 The Orion constellation lies in the northern sky on the celestial equator. It is one of the brightest and best known constellations in the night sky. Orion is also known as the Hunter in Greek mythology. The constellation represents the mythical hunter Orion, who is often depicted in star maps as either facing the charge of Taurus, the bull, or chasing after the hare with his two hunting dogs. References: Orion was a handsome giant gifted with the ability to walk on water by his father Poseidon. He served King Orion ion of Khios as huntsman for a time, but was blinded and exiled from the island after raping the king's daughter Merope. Orion then travelled across the sea to Lemnos and petitioned the god Hephaistos for help in recovering his sight. Lending him his assistant Kedalion, the god directed the giant travel to the rising place of the sun, where the sun-god would restore his vision. Upon returning to Greece, Orion sought out Oinopion, but the king hid himself in an underground bronze chamber to avoid retribution.After this the giant retired to the island of Delos or Krete and became a hunting companion of the goddess Artemis. He died while in her service and was placed amongst the stars as the constellation Orion. The circumstances of his death are variously related. In one version he desired to marry the goddess but her brother Apollon tricked Artemis into shooting him with an arrow as he was swimming far out at sea. In another version, Artemis killed him deliberately after he raped her attendant Oupis. However the most common story was that Orion bragged he would hunt down all the beasts of the earth, and so Mother Earth sent up a giant scorpion to destroy him. Both the giant and scorpion were placed amongst the stars, one rising as the other set.Finally the Boiotians had their own set of myths associated with the hunter of the constellation. The myth: Main Stars of Orion:
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