NAME: Scorpius (SKOR-pee-us)
SEASON: Early summer
CULMINATION: midnight, 3 June
GENITIVE: Scorpii (SKOR-pee-ih)
NEIGHBORS: Ant, Cen, CMi, Cnc, Crt, Crv, Leo, Lib, Lup, Mon, Pup, Pyx, Sex, Vir
BINOCULAR OBJECTS: NGC 6093 (M 80), NGC 6121 (M 4), NGC 6405 (M 6), NGC 6475 (M 7)
URBAN OBJECTS: NGC 6121 (M 4), NGC 6405 (M 6), NGC 6475 (M 7)
Scorpius is a prominent, mid-size, south equatorial constellation that ranks 33rd in size among the 88 constellations. Scorpius covers 497 square degrees of the celestial sphere, or about 1.2%. First-magnitude Antares, the brightest star in Scorpius, keeps company with nearly a dozen second- and third-magnitude stars. Scorpius is unusual among the constellations because ...