Wednesday, September 21, 2011

ORION: Symbols and Signs in the Heaven

photo taken early this morning on September 21, 2011 
"Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion."
Amos 5:8

Orion is a prominent constellation located on the celestial equator and visible throughout the world. It is one of the most recognizable constellations in the night sky. Orion includes the prominent feature known as the Belt of Orion: three bright stars in a row. Surrounding the belt at roughly similar distances are four bright stars, which are considered to represent the outline of the hunter's body. Descending from the 'belt' is a smaller line of three stars known as the hunter's 'sword'. This constellation is also forms an X (a chiastic form)

The reason for taking this photo this morning is first of all, September 21 is an important date in the history of restoration of the gospel when the heavens meet earth. (Angel Moroni to Joseph Smith) but also because there are many who have been predicting that one the upper left (orange looking star) the stars in the Orion might go "supernova". This dying red supergiant star is called Betelguese (pronounced Beetlejuice) and could possible appear bright like a "sun" in the sky for a few weeks.


It is one of the only constellations mentioned in scripture; Amos 5:8, Job 9:9, Job 38:31
Also of some interest, the imagery of the belt and sword has found its way into popular western culture, for example in the form of the shoulder insignia of the 27th Infantry Division of the United States Army during both World Wars, probably owing to a pun on the name of the division's first commander, Major General John F. O'Ryan.

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