Puanga Festival - Parihaka
What is Puanga?
Puanga (or Rigel in English) is a start constellation that marks the Māori new year for Taranaki tribes and it’s a special time of year to give thanks to our tupuna (ancestors) and to prepare the soil for planting for the coming year.
, also known by its
(β Ori, β Orionis), is the brightest star in the constellation
seventh brightest star
in the night sky, with
0.13. The star as seen from Earth is actually a triple star system, with the primary star (Rigel A) a blue-white supergiant of absolute magnitude −7.84 and around
times as luminous as the
Alpha Cygni variable
, it pulsates periodically. Visible in small telescopes, Rigel B is itself a
system, consisting of two
blue-white stars of spectral type B9.
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