Scorpio Constellation Facts
Scorpio is one of the constellations of the zodiac and belongs to the 88 modern constellations.
According to the tropical astrology the Sun resides in Scorpio from October 23 to November 21, while in the sidereal astrology is it said to transit it from November 16 to December 15. Astrologically, this is associated with the planet Pluto.
Dimensions: This is a large constellation in the Southern Hemisphere, located in the Milky Way.
Rank: 497 square degrees; 33 th.
Brightness: A bright constellation with 13 stars with magnitudes higher than 3.
History: The Scorpius is the creature with a burning sting as the Babylonians called it “MUL> GIR>TAB”. Greek mythology refers to Scorpius in connection to Orion, goddess Artemis and Leto.
This constellation was first described by Ptolemy and has its name from the huge Scorpio that stung Orion, a huntsman who was set to Crete to kill every beast on the island in the Olympian legend.
Stars: Scorpius contains some bright stars such as Antares (alpha sco), which is a reddish star also known as the rival of Mars. Some other stars are Acrab, Dschubba, Shaula and Lesath.
Galaxies: Scorpius, located on the Milky Way, has many open clusters such as the Butterfly cluster or Ptolemy cluster.