| SCORPIUS Chart | Midnight Culmination | Skylore | Description | Asterisms |
| Star Clusters | Discussed in these Shows |

Constellation Data

  • Name: SCORPIUS
  • Translation: Scorpion
  • Abbreviation: Sco
  • Genitive: Scorpii
  • Size: 33
  • Regions: Zodiac
  • RA: 17 hours
  • Decl: -25 degrees
  • Season: Summer
  • Midnight Culmination: June 3
  • Pages where SCORPIUS is discussed in Chet Raymo's 365 Starry Nights: 106-107,118

What is the Genitive form?
What is Right Ascension (RA)?
Is this constellation ever visible from my latitude? What is Declination?

Where should I look for a constellation on a date before or after its midnight culmination? What is Midnight Culmination?


Gaia sent Scorpius to kill Orion; now they circle on opposite sides of the sky. Reddish heart Antares, can rival Mars. Lost its claws to Libra in Roman times, when the vernal equinox was located in Libra. Fish-hook to Polynesians.


East of Virgo along the ecliptic the constellation Scorpius creeps above the treetops, with his menacing tail below, and stinger above.

The Romans cut off the scorpion's claws to make the constellation Libra the Balance.

Continue eastward along the ecliptic to the next constellation, Sagittarius the Archer.

[star chart]

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Fish Hook

What is an Asterism?

Star Clusters

M4 (Globular cluster), mag. 6.5.

M6 (Galactic cluster), mag. 5.5.

M7 (Galactic cluster), mag. 3.3.

M80 (Globular cluster), mag. 7.5.

What are Star Clusters?

Discussed in these Shows

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