What are the 3 Stars in a Row Called?

Question: What are the three stars you see in a row or line in the night sky called?

Answer: If you’ve ever noticed three very prominent stars in an almost a straight line while looking up at the night sky, chances are you are looking at Orion‘s Belt.

Among astronomers the constellation of Orion is one of the most popular and well known but many casual stargazers may have noticed the three clearly visible stars Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka.

These three stars make up The Hunter, Orion’s Belt. The constellation of Orion in it’s entirety includes many other stars and covers a large area of the night sky.

In the Northern Hemisphere Orion can be seen during the winter months in the night sky.

Thanks to this line of three bright stars Orion is probably the easiest constellation to find and can be easily admired with only the naked eye.