Abbreviation: Â Sco
English Name: Â The Scorpion
Hemisphere:Â Southern Hemisphere (Parts visible from the UK.)
Location:Â Between the constellations of Sagittarius and Lupus.
Visible between latitudes: Â +90 and -40 degrees
Best season: Summer
Seen in three seasons:Â Spring, Summer and Autumn
Best seen in:Â July
Seen between:Â June and August.
Right Ascension (RA):Â 17 hour
Declination (DEC):Â -40 degrees
Area (square degrees): Â 497 (33rd)
Scorpius Â (The Scorpion)
- This large constellation located in the Southern Hemisphere.
- It lies in rich region of the Milky-Way, and like Sagittarius (The Archer), contains numerous objects of interest,Â in the same direction to the center of our Galaxy.
- Our Sun passes through it briefly from 23 November to 29 November every year.
- M4Â – Â Globular Cluster; large and fairly loose – visible even with the naked-eye and a fuzzy in binoculars.
- M6Â Â – Â Open Cluster; known as The Butterfly Cluster, can be resolved into individual stars in binoculars.
- M7Â Â – Â Open Cluster; known as Ptolemy’s Cluster, best seen with low-magnification binoculars.
- M80Â – Â Globular Cluster; Â small/compact, readily seen in binoculars but just resolved with 6-inch telescopes.
Features of Interest
- NGC 6153 Â – Â Planetary Nebula; (pale blue / magnitude: +10.9) easily observed with 3-inch telescopes.
- NGC 6231 Â – Â Open Cluster; extremely large and bright – more spectacular than the Double Cluster in Perseus (The Perseus), and contains many very hot stars with a whole range types of stars; Blue-white, yellow and orange stars are visible.
- NGC 6302 Â – Â Planetary Nebula; known as The Bug Nebula, noticeably elongated including a bright center. (Magnitude: +9.6)
- NGC 6388 Â – Â Globular Cluster; readily visible in 3-inch telescopes but can’t be resolved easily because of small object.
- AntaresÂ (Alpha Sco)
- GraffiasÂ (Beta 1 Sco)
- DschubbaÂ (Delta Sco)
- SargasÂ (Theta Sco)
- ShaulaÂ (Lambda Sco)
- JabbahÂ (Nu Sco)
- GrafiasÂ (Xi Sco)
- AlniyatÂ (Sigma Sco)
- AlniyatÂ (Tau Sco)
- LesathÂ (Upsilon Sco)
- Photo of the constellation;Â Scorpius, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart Â – Â Scorpius
- List of stars inÂ Scorpius.
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