Scorpius, the Scorpion

Three bright stars form the "head" of Scorpius, the celestial scorpion, while its tail curves away below it in the southern sky of summer. The brightest star in Scorpius is Antares, which is in the middle of the scorpion's curving body. If you placed this brilliant red star at the center of our own solar system, it would swallow Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars, and almost reach Jupiter.

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Scorpius, the Scorpion Three bright stars form the "head" of Scorpius,...

Radio Programs

Moon and More Companions Taking aim at the scorpion’s claw Wednesday, March 19, 2014
M4 An ancient city of stars Sunday, August 4, 2013
Zubenelgenubi A complex claw for the scorpion Sunday, July 14, 2013
Zubeneschamali Balancing the scorpion’s claws Saturday, July 13, 2013
Solar Twins A star that looks familiar Saturday, June 1, 2013
Summer Markers Two summer stalwarts disappear Sunday, October 21, 2012
Moon and Scorpius Scoping out a solar twin Friday, July 27, 2012
Galactic Nests Keeping the chicks close to the nest Sunday, July 22, 2012
The Scorpion’s Tail The scorpion’s dynamic stinger Saturday, July 21, 2012
Summer Delights Bright delights in the summer sky Sunday, July 15, 2012
In the Balance The Moon slips past the scorpion’s claws Friday, June 29, 2012
Zubenelgenubi A spread-out family of stars Sunday, August 15, 2010
More Moon and Antares Two stars that'll shed some weight Thursday, September 24, 2009
Moon and Antares The scorpion's hot and cold heart Wednesday, September 23, 2009
M4 A nearby family of old stars Thursday, July 30, 2009
Zeta Scorpii The scorpion packs quite a sting Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Delta Scorpii A star that periodically "burps" Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Scorpius A family of stellar showoffs Monday, July 27, 2009
Moon and Scorpius A headful of stars for the scorpion Friday, June 5, 2009

Featured Images

Crowded Neighborhood Thursday, July 30, 2009
Stellar Family Friday, August 18, 2006

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