The Shield

Abbreviation: Sct
Genitive: Scuti

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Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius created this constellation in the late seventeenth century. Originally named Scutum Sobiescianum (the Shield of Sobieski), it commemorates the victory over the Ottoman Empire by Polish King John III Sobieski in the Battle of Vienna in 1683.

Notable Features

Designation Name Description
δ Sct Although this star has no common name, it is a famous variable star and the prototype of an entire class of objects called δ Scuti stars. These stars exhibit small fluctuations in brightness over short (a few hours) time periods.
M11 Wild Duck Cluster This open cluster is one of the richest of the known open clusters. It is visible in binoculars.
M26 A telescope is necessary to see this very young, faint open cluster.