Bellatrix, the "Amazon Star", is a star much like our Sun but only about ten times more massive and 4000 times brighter than the Sun. You will find Bellatrix in the right shoulder of Orion. Bellatrix , since it is closer than most of the other stars you see in Orion, probably is not related to most of the other stars we see in Orion. It is simply in the same direction as the other stars. Nonetheless, Orion wouldn't look right if it weren't for this coincidence.

Fact Table

Name Bellatrix
Object Star -- Normal
Distance 240 light years
Brightness 1100 times greater than the Sun
40,000 F
Color White
Mass 10 x the mass of the Sun

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Ronald J. Maddalena 1998