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How many major stars make up the constellation Orion?

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The constellation Orion comprises seven major stars, which include three for the belt, two for the feet and two for the shoulders. These stars have their own designated names and astronomers have determined their brightness and distance from Earth.

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How many major stars make up the constellation Orion?
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The stars of Orion are named Alnitak, Mintaka, Alnilam, Saiph, Rigel, Betelgeuse, and Bellatrix. Alnitak, Mintaka and Alnilam form Orion's belt; Saiph and Rigel make up the feet and Betelgeuse and Bellatrix outline the shoulders.

Among the seven major stars, Rigel shines the brightest at a magnitude of 0.18, while Mintaka is the least radiant at a magnitude of 2.41. Alnilam is the farthest from Earth at 1,350 light-years away, while Bellatrix lies closest to the planet at 243 light-years away.

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