Astro Biz: Orion buses

Orion busesMany businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.

This week’s Astro Biz is Orion buses. Based in Mississauga, Ontario, Orion manufactured transit buses from 1975 until 2013. King County Metro Transit continues to operate a number of Orion buses; this Wikipedia article says that Metro purchased 199 of them between 2010 and 2012. There have been suggestions that posts supporting the windshields of these buses create blind spots that may make it more difficult for bus drivers to spot pedestrians.

We chose Orion this week because the constellation of the hunter is high in the south as darkness falls these days. Wait for a clear night and a view of the Orion Nebula in his sword.

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