Tour Orion the Hunter as we visit a constellation icon

Last month marks my 20th year writing the Night Sky column for It is difficult for me to believe that in this forum I have penned over a thousand columns on a variety of different subjects covering space and stargazing. 

Among my constellation essays, I’ve probably written about the Orion constellation, the Hunter, more than any other and with good reason: No other star pattern can be compared to it. It has been recognized as perhaps the most eye-catching and extraordinary pattern of stars; a veritable treasure-trove of celestial wonders, containing two of the brightest stars, Rigel and Betelgeuse accompanied by its three belt stars in a distinctive diagonal row.