All About The Scorpius Constellation, Its History And Its Astronomical Positions
The Scorpius constellation is a group of stars that are found in the south of the Milky Way and move along with it. It is very easy to locate the Scorpius constellation because of its distinctive figure. If you look at this constellation with a little imagination, you will find it to be like the letter J with a curved tail. The Scorpio star constellation has a Giant Red star at the centre of it. This star is called the “Antares”, which is considered to be the heart of the Scorpius constellation. The Antares is the brightest star in the Scorpius Constellation. The two stars Shaula and Lesath, are part of the stingers.
Scorpius Constellation Meaning
The Scorpius star constellation is the oldest constellation identified by the Greek astrologer Ptolemy in the second century. It is said to be created by the Greek God Artemis. It was named “the Scorpio” by the Sumerians about 5000 years ago. If you want to see this wonderful Scorpius constellation, then July and August are the best months to observe it in the northern hemisphere. The stars in the Scorpius are grouped in the forms of clusters namely the Butterfly Cluster, the Ptolemy cluster, the Cat’s Paw Nebula, the Butterfly Nebula, and the War and the Peace Nebula. The Scorpius is the 33rd constellation in size.
All About Scorpio Greek God
Hades, the brother of Zeus, the feared God of the underworld, possesses the same traits as the Scorpio. Hades was rich and owned all the jewels and precious crystals. He is associated with darkness, fear, and other criminal activities. As per Greek mythology, Hades was almost swallowed by his father but was saved by his brother Zeus. Later, they both teamed together and made an army to rebel against their father. Hades wanted to rule the world, though later, his brother Zeus got the throne. Hades was then sent to rule the underworld, where he kidnapped the daughter of the Demeter, named Persephone, and this created the seasons of the earth. Hades is supposed to have supernatural powers and the power of immortality, which he gave to all the Gods and Goddesses. He sometimes lends this power to humans but only for a good cause.
The stars in the Scorpio constellation
There are many stars in the Scorpio constellation in the sky. But here’s a list of some of the most important ones.
Antares is the brightest star in the Scorpio star constellation. The location of the Antares is the heart of the Scorpio. The name “Antares” is derived from the Greek words“Anti-Ares”, which means the rival of “Mars”. The is because of the fact that the star has a bright red colour, just like the Planet Mars.
The second star of the Scorpius constellation is Shaula. In Greek, the star is called “the Lambda Scorpii”. It has three different components LambdaA, Lambda B, and Lambda C, that are composed of multiple star systems.
Acrab or Beta Scorpii is the third multiple star system in the Scorpius constellation. Acrab has been derived from the Arabic word “Aqrab, which means the Scorpio.
Dschubba or Delta Scorpii has been derived from the Arabic word “Jabhat, meaning “the forehead” which here means the forehead of the Scorpio. It is about 490 lightyears away from the solar system.
Sargas or theta Scorpii is a huge bright yellow star and is 300 lightyears away from the solar system.
Larawag or Epsilon Scorpii is a huge star and is 63.7 lightyears away from the solar system.
Kappa Scorpii is a spectroscopic binary star, composed of two stars and is 17 times larger than the Sun.
Pi Scorpii is a triple star system and is approximately 590 light-years away from the solar system.
Nu Scorpii is another multiple star system in the Scorpius Constellation and is approximately 437 light-years away from the Earth.
Xi Scorpii is another multiple star system in the Scorpius constellation and is 171.93 light-years away from the solar system.
Scorpius Constellation Stars Story
The Latin word “Scorpion” means “the creature with the burning sting”. According to Greek mythology, Orien was a hunter and a fearless warrior who wanted to rule the earth, and for that, he was ready to kill all the animals on the planet. So the Goddess of Earth, Gaia, had to protect the innocent animals of the earth and ordered Scorpio to kill Orien before he could harm animals. The Scorpio stung Orien by the stinger and killed Orien. As a reward, the Goddess Gaia placed the Scorpio in the Sky. Scorpio can be seen chasing Orien across the sky during the year, it hunts Orien in the winter, and when Spring comes, the Scorpio star constellation appears to be chasing Orien again. The Scorpius only rises after Orien vanishes or vice versa, that is, when Orien rises, and the Scorpius vanishes due to their rivalry. In another myth, the Greek Goddess Artemis ordered the Scorpion to send Orien away. In Greek legends, the Scorpius constellation was very big and comprised of two parts, one part that formed the body and the sting of the Scorpion while another part that formed the claws of the scorpion.
How to find out if you are a Scorpio?
The Scorpio or Scorpius is the 8th constellation in the Zodiac Constellations. The Scorpio Zodiac Constellation lies in the Southern Sky between “Libra” and “Sagittarius” at 30 degrees south declination. The Scorpius is the 33rd constellation in size and it occupies 497 square degrees. The neighbouring constellations are Ara, Corona, Australis, Libra, Lupus, Norma, Ophiuchus, and Sagittarius. The Sun transits this area of the sky from October 22 to November 21. Because of the position of Sun in Scorpio, it is said in Astrology, to be in Scorpio, and the native-born during this period is called a Scorpion.
The Scorpius constellation can be seen in the month of July. Now that you know about the scorpion constellation, it would be easy for you to recognise it in the sky. Surely, you will have fun identifying the constellations.