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Transcript of Constellation Scorpius
-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