Constellation The Scorpion

Scorpius (The Scorpion): gift, map and visability

  • Meaning: The Scorpion
  • Best seen in: July
  • Family: Zodiac
  • Latitude: +40° to -90°

Scorpius or The Scorpion is one of the 88 constellations modern astronomers have divided the sky into. It's part of the Zodiac constellation family. Scorpius is best seen in July (from latitudes +40° to -90°).

Unlike many constellations, Scorpius very much resembles its namesake animal from its wide pincer armed head to a torso represented by bright Antares, and a twisted tail that ends with the bright star Shaula. In mythology, Scorpius represents the scorpion that was sent to kill Orion the Hunter as punishment for his boastfulness and disrespect for the goddess Artemis, after he bragged he would hunt and kill every wild animal on Earth. People born under the sign Scorpio are said to be dynamic, resourceful, passionate, and observant.

Scorpius Constellation Map

Scorpius Constellation Map
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Main Stars in The Scorpion (Scorpius)

The constellation Scorpius contains several bright stars that make up its shape. Some of these main stars are known as:

  • Antares
  • Shaula
  • Acrab
  • Dschubba
  • Sargas
  • Epsilon Scorpii
  • Girtab

Some of the deep sky objects which have been discovered in Scorpius include: Messier 4, Butterfly Cluster, Ptolemy Cluster, Messier 80, Cat’s Paw Nebula, War and Peace Nebula.

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