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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
SunriseRise: 6:52  
clear_day Transit: 12:11  
SunsetSet: 17:31
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Scorpius (The Scorpion) Constellation

Altitude: 2.0°   Azimuth: 203.8°   Direction: South-South-West

Scorpius (pronounced ˈskɔːrpiəs) is the Latin name of a large constellation (in fact it extends itself for about 52 degrees across the sky) situated south of the celestial equator. As such, it is more easily visible from the southern hemisphere.

In English language this constellation is also known as "The Scorpion" while in astronomical texts and literature this constellation is often abbreviated as "Sco" (according to the standard of the International Astronomical Union - IAU) or as "Scor" (according to a naming convention used by NASA).

The Latin genitive of the constellation name is "Scorpii" (pronounced ˈskɔːrpiaɪ) and it is used to identify some of the brightest stars in this constellation based on the Bayer or Flamsteed star naming convention. For instance: α Scorpii (the brightest star of Scorpius based on the Bayer catalog); or 23 Scorpii (the 23th star in the constellation of Scorpius based on the Flamsteed catalog).

Scorpius is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt. Altitude: 2°.
Available Resources for Scorpius

Sky Chart of Scorpius Constellation

Here we provide a simplified sky chart of the Scorpius constellation. Alternatively it is possible to locate Scorpius in the night sky using our Online Interactive Planetarium.

Chart of  constellation
This constellation image is derivatve work based on original work by IAU and Sky & Telescope magazine (Roger Sinnott & Rick Fienberg) CC-BY-3.0.

Visibility of Scorpius Constellation

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Scorpius rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 122.8°
Max altitude: 5.7°
Azimuth: 237.2°
Scorpius is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times provided here are just directional indications and they refer to a point approximately placed at the center of the constellation. In case of very large constellations (like Scorpius actually is) these times can have little relevance.

Bright Stars in Scorpius Constellation

The table below lists the top 20 brightest stars in the Scorpius constellation. See also the complete list of 171 stars brighter than magnitude 6.5 (approximate) in the constellation of Scorpius. Click on each star to see more details about it.

HR Number(*) Star designation Proper name Visual magnitude Color Notes
HR6134 α Scorpii Antares 0.96 Variable; Double;
HR6527 λ Scorpii Shaula 1.63 Variable; Multiple;
HR6553 θ Scorpii Sargas 1.87 Variable;
HR6241 ε Scorpii Larawag 2.29 Variable;
HR5953 δ Scorpii Dschubba 2.32 Multiple;
HR6580 κ Scorpii 2.41 Variable;
HR5984 β1 Scorpii Acrab 2.62 Variable; Multiple;
HR6508 υ Scorpii Lesath 2.69
HR6165 τ Scorpii Paikauhale 2.82
HR5944 π Scorpii Fang 2.89 Variable; Multiple;
HR6084 σ Scorpii Alniyat 2.89 Variable; Multiple;
HR6615 ι1 Scorpii 3.03 Double;
HR6247 μ1 Scorpii Xamidimura 3.08 Variable; Double;
HR6630 Fuyue 3.21 Multiple;
HR6380 η Scorpii 3.33
HR6252 μ2 Scorpii Pipirima 3.57 Double;
HR6271 ζ2 Scorpii 3.62 Variable;
HR5928 ρ Scorpii Iklil 3.88 Double;
HR5993 ω1 Scorpii 3.96
HR6027 ν Scorpii Jabbah 4.01 Multiple;
...go to the complete list of 171 bright stars in the constellation of Scorpius

(*) HR stands for Harvard Revised Bright Star Catalogue, which is also known as the Yale Catalogue of Bright Stars.

Deep Sky Objects in Scorpius Constellation

The table below lists the 20 brightest deep sky objects in the Scorpius constellation. See also the complete list of 64 deep sky objects in the constellation of Scorpius. The list includes objects from the Messier, New General Catalogue (NGC) and Index Catalogue (IC).

Name Type Magnitude
NGC 6231 Open Cluster 2.6 (V)
Messier 7 (Ptolemy's Cluster) Open Cluster 3.3 (V)
IC 4592 Reflection Nebula 3.9 (B)
Messier 6 (Butterfly Cluster) Open Cluster 4.2 (V)
IC 4605 Nebula 4.7 (B)
Messier 4 (The Cat's Eye) Globular Cluster 5.4 (V)
NGC 6281 Open Cluster 5.4 (V)
NGC 6374 Open Cluster 5.5 (V)
NGC 6124 Open Cluster 5.8 (V)
NGC 6322 Open Cluster 6 (V)
NGC 6242 Open Cluster 6.4 (V)
NGC 6169 Open Cluster 6.6 (V)
NGC 6425 Open Cluster 7.2 (V)
NGC 6178 Open Cluster 7.2 (V)
Messier 80 Globular Cluster 7.3 (V)
NGC 6388 Globular Cluster 7.4 (B)
NGC 6441 Globular Cluster 8 (V)
NGC 6259 Open Cluster 8 (V)
NGC 6249 Open Cluster 8.2 (V)
...go to the complete list of 64 deep sky objects in the constellation of Scorpius