The constellation Scorpio is meant to be interpreted as a representation of the enormous scorpion Scorpius, who is said to have been responsible for Orion’s death.
Hera dispatched the enormous scorpion with the mission of eliminating Orion, who had bragged that he was the best hunter in the world and would eliminate all of the wild animals from the planet.
The battle between Scorpius and Orion lasted for several days, but it was ultimately fruitless. The hunter was eventually stung in the heel by the scorpion, which ultimately led to Orion’s demise.
Both Orion and the scorpion were placed in the sky by the gods, but the gods made sure to position them on opposing sides of the sky so that Orion would never be in danger of being harmed by the scorpion.
Sagittarius, the archer, is giving Scorpius a run for its money.
Where To Find Scorpius
It appears as though Scorpius is crawling over the southern sky as viewed from the northern hemisphere. On the other hand, in the southern hemisphere, the constellation can be seen rising high into the sky and dominating the scene throughout the summer months.
Right Ascension: 17 hours
Declination: -40 degrees
Visible between latitudes 40 and -90 degrees
Best seen in July (at 9:00 PM)
Named Stars: ANTARES (Alpha Sco) Graffias (Beta 1 Sco) Dschubba (Delta Sco) Sargas (Theta Sco) SHAULA (Lambda Sco) Jabbah (Nu Sco) Grafias (Xi Sco) Alniyat (Sigma Sco) Alniyat (Tau Sco) Lesath (Upsilon Sco)
The brightest star in the constellation, Anteres is also known as the scorpion’s heart.
Because of its location on the Milky Way, the constellation Scorpio has a significant number of deep sky objects. The views of these things that can be obtained with the use of a quality pair of binoculars are rather stunning.
Some sights of interest are:
open clusters M6 and M7
globular clusters M4 and M80
and open star cluster NGC6231.
Scorpius And The Zodiac
Although the constellation of Scorpio is one of the oldest zodiac signs, the sun only stays there for roughly a week to ten days at a time. This is despite the fact that Scorpio is one of the twelve zodiac signs.
The sun spends the majority of its time travelling through the constellation Ophiuchus, which is located nearby.
After the scorpion’s claws were removed, they were incorporated into the constellation of Libra.
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