The stars echo the celestial division of the Northern and Southern Heavens through the constellation of Orion. The brightest star of Orion - Betelgeuse - is a red super giant in the northern divide of cosmos, while its second brightest star - Rigel - is a hot blue star in the southern divide of the Cosmos.
The Americas/New World may not be as large as the Old Word - with regard to literacy. But the Americas has a longer north-south continental axis, than the Old World, from Alaska to Argentina. In balance to that the Old World has a longer east-west continental axis - from Senegal to Chukotka.