The Scorpion

Abbreviation: Sco
Genitive: Scorpii

The constellation of Scorpius

Scorpius is a member of the zodiac. This is one of the most ancient of constellations, harking back to Babylonia. In Greek mythology, the scorpion is inevitably associated with Orion. There are several variations of the story but Orion and the scorpion fight to the death and Zeus places them in opposite sides of the sky afterwards.

Notable Features

Designation Name Description
α Sco Antares This first magnitude star has a distinctly reddish hue.
β Sco Acrab
δ Sco Dschubba
θ Sco Sargas
λ Sco Shaula
ν Sco Lesath
σ Sco Al Niyat The name of the star is not officially recognised by the IAU.
M4 This was the first globular cluster in which individual stars were resolved. It appears as a fuzzy ball in a small telescope.
M6 Butterfly Cluster This open star cluster is visible to the naked eye but binoculars will reveal the fainter members.
M7 Ptolemy's Cluster Easily detectable by the naked eye, this cluster has been known since ancient times.
M80 A medium-size telescope can be used to observe this globular cluster.
C69 Bug Nebula This bipolar planetary nebula has an incredibly complex structure. At its heart lies a white dwarf star.
C75 This large open cluster is accessible through binoculars.
C76 Northern Jewel Box This is a distant open star cluster, easily visible through binoculars.