The constellation of Scorpius (Latin for “scorpion”) lies in the western part of the Milky Way – is best seen from June to August, and was listed by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy in the second century AD. The heart of Scorpius is the red giant star Antares …. the 15th brightest star in the sky. … More Scorpius

The Scorpion’s Sting

The stars that comprise the sting of constellation Scorpius …. Sargas, Iota Scorpii, Kappa Scorpii, Shaula and Lesath shine through the star clouds of the Milky Way. Shaula is the second brightest star in Scorpius and the 25th brightest star in the sky and approximately 700 light years distant from the solar system. Sargas is … More The Scorpion’s Sting

Southern Cross

Crux, the Southern Cross, is the most famous southern constellation and the smallest constellation in the sky. The Southern Cross points to the South Celestial Pole. Crux was lost to northern inhabitants after precession took it below the European horizon, but helped guide early European mariners into the Southern Hemisphere. After it was lost to … More Southern Cross