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The Mighty Hunter in the Winter Sky
By Shannon Jackson
  

1     I'd like to introduce you to one of my special friends. I only see him in the winter—and only when the sky is clear of clouds. He is a mighty hunter who has been placed in the winter sky with his faithful dogs Canis Major and Canis Minor. Orion and his dogs hunt animals that have been placed nearby in the night sky, like Lepus, the rabbit and Taurus, the bull.
 
2     There are several stories about this beautiful constellation, but the one I like best is from Greek mythology. This tale has Orion in love with Merope, one of the Seven Sisters who form the Pleiades, but Merope would have nothing to do with him. Orion was killed when he was stung by Scorpius the scorpion. The gods felt sorry for him, though, and placed him in the sky with his two hunting dogs and the animals he liked best to hunt. They also put Scorpius in the sky—but placed him opposite in the sky so that neither would appear at the same time—and Orion would never be stung by Scorpius again.

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