Common Constellations

These are some of the common constellations that can be seen at Cherry Springs State Park.

This is the constellation of Orion.One of the most well known constellations is Orion, (the Hunter) who travels across the sky from autumn through spring with his faithful dogs, Canis Major and Canis Minor, hunting celestial animals like Lepus the rabbit, and Taurus the bull. Shaped somewhat like an hourglass, Orion is composed of two stars at his shoulders, two stars at his knees, and three stars making his belt, from which hangs a sword. One of the objects in Orion’s sword is M42, the Great Orion Nebula, an area where stars are born. The slightly red star of Orion’s shoulder is Betelguese, a red giant star that is 630 times the size of the Sun and 60,000 times brighter.