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Lore of the Constellations: Scorpius the Scorpion

21 Sep 2020, 16:51 UTC
Lore of the Constellations: Scorpius the Scorpion
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So far we’ve explored a nice array of constellations that can be found in your Summer night sky. In the last video, we took a look at Sagittarius and how the centaur was set to aid Orion in case he was attacked by Scorpius the Scorpion. After all, the arrow in Sagittarius is aimed right at the star Antares, also known as “the heart of the scorpion.” So, that’s what we’re going to look at today, Scorpius the Scorpion.

Scorpius is a bright constellation and easy to find along the southern horizon. Its name is Latin for scorpion or it can also be translated to “creature with the burning sting.”
This scorpion can be seen next to Sagittarius, with his arrow pointed at the heart of Scorpius. But directly above Scorpius is the constellation Orion.
According to the Greek myth, Orion boasted about how great of a hunter he was and how he could kill any animal. The goddess Artemis, took exception to this and dispatched her scorpion to kill Orion. Later on, Zeus would place the scorpion in the sky after he had won the battle.
In another related myth, the god Apollo grew angry and sent a scorpion ...

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