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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

Scorpius, the Scorpion May 25, 2010

Radio Programs

Sigma Scorpii Impressive stars near the scorpion’s heart July 30, 2017

Scorpion’s Tail The scorpion’s fearsome tail July 13, 2017

Scorpion’s Head An arachnid with a case of the “bighead” July 12, 2017

Scorpius Picturing the outline of the scorpion July 11, 2017

Zapped! A dead star zaps a close companion July 5, 2017

Red Nova An exploding star turns red June 28, 2017

Moon and Antares Changing the view of the scorpion June 6, 2017

Scorpion’s Claws “De-clawing” the scorpion May 18, 2017

Delta Scorpii Head to head with the scorpion August 8, 2016

Butterfly Nebula A short-lived celestial butterfly August 6, 2016

Scorpius Clusters Families of stars in the scorpion July 24, 2016

The Stinger Getting a “sting” from the scorpion July 23, 2016

Scorpius X-1 Diagnosing a dead star July 22, 2016

Scorpius The scorpion skitters by July 21, 2016

The Stinger The scorpion’s bright stinger July 18, 2015

Morning Moon A bright future for the scorpion February 11, 2015

Featured Images

Artist's concept of AR Scorpii

Pulsing Corpse July 5, 2017

A view of the busy Milky Way

Busy Galaxy July 24, 2014