sky the same time as the Sun, which is why they are not visible to us and we see them only during summer. This is why Orion and the winter constellations are only visible during winter.
There are 12 main constellations that make up the winter constellations. Each having its own main stars or star clusters. These 12 constellations make up our winter night sky. They are Cancer (the Crab), Canis Major (the Big Dog), Canis Minor (the Little Dog), Crater (the Cup), Gemini (the Twins), Hydra (the Water Monster), Leo (the Lion), Leo Minor (the Little Lion), Lynx (the Lynx), Monoceros (the Unicorn), Orion (the Hunter), and Taurus (the Bull). The major constellations that will be explained in greater detail will be Orion, Canis Major, Taurus, and Gemini.
During the winter months, high over the southern horizon, if you look up into the sky you will be able to see the grand constellations. These constellations have many stars and star clusters that form them. The constellations are: Orion, Taurus, Perseus, Cassiopeia, Gemini, Auriga, and Canis Major. During the months of January and February the grand octagonal collection of constellation and stars are visible. This group of stars consists of: Capella, Pollux, Sirius, Rigel, Aldebaran, Castor, Procyon, and Betelgeuse. When the night is dark and clear, these stars are very visible.
Astronomer Robert H. Baker (1880-1962) once wrote that Orion shines "like a gigantic piece of celestial jewelry through the frosty winter air." [Night Sky…