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In Greek mythology Orion is connected to another constellation with a distinctive reddish star. According to legend the Hunter, who was a mere mortal (albeit a very big and strong one) boasted that he held dominion over all the creatures on the Earth, a claim which upset Diana, goddess of the hunt. To put Orion’s ego in its proper place Diana sent a scorpion to challenge the boastful giant; the scorpion stung Orion in the heel as he tried to squash it with his foot. To her dismay Diana realized that she had a “crush” on the now-defunct Hunter, so she placed both victims in the sky in such a way that they would never be seen at the same time. The scorpion is, of course, the constellation Scorpius, and its brightest star is the red supergiant star Antares.