Riding the wave


Ancient sources tell different stories about Orion's birth and death. His myth is tied to the constellation of Scorpius. Orion was a handsome giant hunter, probably the son of Poseidon and of the Earth. He is represented in the sky with a sword and a shield, wielding his cudgel against the Taurus that closely urges him on.

According to one version of the myth, Orion and Artemis had fallen in love, against the will of her brother Apollo. To put an end to their relationship, the god challenged his sister, goddess of hunting, to hit an object just appearing on the surface of the sea. Artemis threw her unerring dart and hit the object which turned out to be the head of Orion.

Overcome with grief at the loss of her lover, Artemis obtained from Zeus that Orion be turned into the most beautiful constellation in the sky.

Under his right shoulder is the star Betelgeuse, twinkling with bright red light, while his left foot corresponds to the bright white Rigel. At the opposite end of Orion's belt behind his back, there is Sirius, the brightest star in the sky.