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The Big Dipper is also part of an existing constellation, Ursa Major. Why can't Orion's Belt be considered a separate asterism? Bryan Derksen

  • The Orion's belt is just part of Orion -he has a belt, a sword, a bow, couple of arms. The Big Dipper is a reinterpretation of the star pattern in Ursa Major - a dipper is not part of a bear. --rmhermen
  • In the constellations, Orion is pictured has having a belt around his waist, but the Bear is not pictured as having a dipper in its rump. Similarly, Aquarius does have an urn, but Sagittarius doesn't have a teapot.

B00P 05:58, 1 January 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]