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Is Orion's Belt on the Little Dipper?

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Orion's Belt is not part of the Little Dipper. The Little Dipper is part of a larger constellation known as Ursa Minor. Orion's Belt is part of the larger constellation of Orion.

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Both Orion's Belt and the Little Dipper are asterisms, which mean they are star patterns that are not considered constellations on their own. The Little Dipper contains a group of seven stars, including Polaris. Four of Little Dipper's stars are faint and hard to see. Orion's Belt are the three stars of Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka. They form a straight line and can be easily seen on the southern horizon in winter.

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