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Constellation Scorpius

"THE SCORPION"
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cayley garrett

on 5 October 2012

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Transcript of Constellation Scorpius

photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli "The Scorpion" Scorpius Constellation -In greek mythology Scorpius was a giant scorpion sent from Gaia the Earth goddess to kill Orion because of his in tentions to kill off all animals. No matter how hard Orion fought he could not defend himself well enough, so Scopio stung him with his poisonous tail killing Orion. As a reward for it survice Gaia the Earth goddiss put a portrait of the scorpion in the night sky.To this day it looks like Scorpius is chasing Orion. -You can see Scorpuis in the summer during the southern horizon, to be more exact The Scorpio shows itself between late October and late November. When you can see/how to find Scorpius Constellation of Scorpius work cites cool facts - Alpha Scorpii, or Antares ("Like Mars"), named for its reddish-orange color.

-Antares is the 16th brightest star in the sky. It is approximately 600 light-years distant from Earth.

-Lambda Scorpii, the second brightest star in Scorpius, is also called Shaula ("The Sting"). It is located at the end of the scorpion’s tail.

-Beta Scorpii, also known as Graffias ("Claws") and Acrab ("Scorpion"). The Chinese called it the Fourth Star of the Room.

-Dschubba ("Forehead") marks the middle of the scorpion’s head.

-Theta Scorpii is a yellow giant star known by its Sumerian names Girtab ("The Scorpion") and Sargas, whose meaning has been lost. "The Scorpions" stars Mythology -The tail of Scorpius is a fish hook that was thrown into the ocean by Maui, the god/demigod. When they pulled up the hook from the ocean they pulled up an island and Maui's fishermen cut the island in half and that became the two islands of New Zealand. - To find Scorpius, wait until it gets really dark at least 10 or 10:30. Then go outside and look south. On June evenings, Scorpius crosses the prime meridian between 11 and 12 midnight. http://www.angelfire.com/ky/astronomers/Scorpius.html http://www.windows2universe.org/mythology/scorpius.html http://www.topastronomer.com/StarCharts/Constellations/Scorpius.php
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