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.


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

Radio Programs

The Stinger The scorpion’s bright stinger Sunday, July 19, 2015
Morning Moon A bright future for the scorpion Thursday, February 12, 2015
Moon and Antares Siblings that age at different rates Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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

Featured Images

A view of the busy Milky Way
Busy Galaxy Thursday, July 24, 2014


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