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What is a winter hexagon? My physics teacher said it was some kind of constellation that occurs in the winter time, but he was not very specific.

I had heard of the Summer Triangle but never of the Winter Hexagon. But sure enough, it exists. There is a brief article about it (more particularly, about planetary nebulae within its confines) in the March 1988 issue of Astronomy magazine. (An astronomy book I looked at referred to a "great loop" of stars.) The Hexagon, says the article, is formed by the brightest stars of Canis Major, Orion, Taurus, Auriga, Gemini, and Canis Minor. Thus, the stars are Sirius, Rigel, Aldebaran, Capella, Pollux, and Procyon.

Ronald Winther

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