The constellation of Orion is a easy constellation to spot in the fall and winter night sky in the northern hemisphere. On a clear, dark night sky you can recognize Orion instantly by the line of three bright stars (Alnitak, Alnilam, Mintaka) called Orion’s Belt. There is no other formation like it, nor any group of stars so bright. One unique star in the Orion constellation is the red giant star Betelguese (pronounced Bet-el-jooze). But the brightest star in Orion is Rigel, a blue super giant star that is 5 times as large as our sun and 50,000 times more luminous. But also within the Orion constellation is the famous Orion Nebula, which can be seen with the naked eye but even better with a telescope or strong pair of binoculars. It is brightest nebula in the night sky. There is definitely something significant with Orion. In Greek mythology, the constellation is known as Orion the Hunter. But the Orion constellation was named long before the Greeks named it.
God created this constellation when He created the stars in Genesis 1:16. In Job 38:31 God gave Job the name of this constellation. “Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?” Orion is also mentioned in Job 9:9 and Amos 5:8. God asked Job if he could “loose the bands of Orion?” Astronomers now know that the Orion’s stars are moving slowly away from each other while the Pleiades are close together. People with very excellent eyesight can actually see the seven stars (Amos 5:8) of the Pleiades. But you can see them clearly with a good pair of binoculars. They are directly across from Orion.
But there is an interesting story about Orion’s belt stars : Alnitak, Alnilam, and Mintaka. There is a theory developed by a Belgian author Robert Bauval about the pyramids of Giza, Egypt. He believes they are laid out to reflect the pattern of stars in Orion’s belt. All three are indeed in line, which seems to correspond to the three stars. But unfortunately, the constellations two most famous stars: Betelguese and Rigel are both missing from the pattern, which casts doubt on Bauval’s theory. The pyramids are mysterious structures that have been a enigma to man in recent times. Why exactly were they built? Who actually built them? When were they built? How were they built? These questions and others have not yet been answered.
But what is truly significant of the Orion constellation is that God told Job that He created these magnificent stars along with the other stars we see today in the night sky. But there must be something also significant about Orion because God pointed this constellation out to Job over all the other constellations in the night sky. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” (Psalm 19:1)(KJV)