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The three stars marking Orion’s Belt, Alnilam, Alnitak and Mintaka, are visible high in the southern sky at about 9 p.m. in January. Look at the middle star in Orion’s sword, just below his belt, to find the Great Orion Nebula.

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Jimmy Westlake: Orion’s Belt shining in January

Anyone who ever has looked up at the starry, winter sky has seen it, though they might not have realized what they were looking at. The three bright stars in a neat little row stand out among the other stars like a neon sign.

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