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Finding South with Orion's Sword

2010-09-20

My thanks to Kevan Hubberd for sending in the idea about using Orion's Sword as a way of finding south. Orion's Sword can be seen in the image to the left as the short vertical line of 'stars' under Orion's Belt. The Sword does indeed point to a spot on the horizon that is close to due south when the Sword is near vertical (as in this image), but it is a less dependable guide when it is well off-vertical, ie. when it is lower in the sky. Technical bit for natural navigation zealots…