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“…those three stars of the airy Giant’s zone,
That glitter burnished by the frosty dark.”
This characteristic layout of three aligned stars is a part of the constellation Orion. Orion’s belt consists of three stars (Mintaka, Alnilam and Alnitak) which are hotter and much more massive than the Sun and their extraordinary brightness makes them one of the most famous stars in the sky. None of them is a single star, but the systems of stars.
Those stars are known as “The Three Marys” in Spain and Portugal.
Orion played a very significant role in legends of the ancient Egyptians. Robert Bauval in his book “The Orion Mystery” claimed that the positioning of the Giza pyramids was the faithful reproduction of three stars in Orion’s belt.