Orion’s Girdle

25 Aug

Orion's Girdle

Derivation

The identification of these three stars as a belt is a very old one. The Arabic names of two of the stars reflect this: Mintaka means ‘the belt’ and Alnitak means ‘the girdle’. (The name of the third star, Alnilam, means ‘the string of pearls’.) It has been suggested that the three Belt-stars influenced the placing of the Pyramids at Giza, and it is certainly true that there is a remarkable correspondence of position between the Pyramids and the stars.

 

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