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Old 24-08-2012, 02:48 PM   #36
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Originally Posted by rapunzel View Post
Where is the evidence that the three stars of the Belt were known as the 'Three Kings'?

Sirius is always aligned with the Belt not just at the winter solstice. At the solstice Sirius appears to point at the place on the horizon where the sun will rise although by the time the sun does rise Sirius is not visible.
From Wikipedia -

"There are alternative ways to visualise Orion. From the Southern Hemisphere, Orion is oriented south-upward, and the belt and sword are sometimes called the saucepan or pot in Australia and New Zealand. Orion's Belt is called Drie Konings (Three Kings) or the Drie Susters (Three Sisters) by Afrikaans speakers in South Africa[2] and are referred to as les Trois Rois (the Three Kings) in Daudet's Lettres de Mon Moulin (1866). The appellation Driekoningen (the Three Kings) is also often found in 17th- and 18th-century Dutch star charts and seaman's guides. The same three stars are known in Spain and Latin America as "Las Tres MarĂ­as".
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