Phoenix Clear Sky Chart

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mintaka Star & Mintaka B

This photo was taken 3/24/15 22:00

Mintaka is a star some 916 light years distant[4] in the constellation Orion. It has a Bayer designation of Delta Orionis (δ Ori) and a Flamsteed designation of 34 Orionis. The name Mintaka comes from منطقة manṭaqa, which means "the belt" in Arabic.[5] Together with Alnitak (Zeta Orionis) and Alnilam (Epsilon Orionis), the three stars make up the belt of Orion, known by many names among ancient cultures. When Orion is close to the meridian, Mintaka is the right-most of the belt's stars as seen by an observer in the Northern Hemisphere facing south.

Mintaka B is the bright star you see above Mintaka it is a Spectral class: B4 and its Visual magnitude is 6.8