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Scorpius (the scorpion) is a constellation of the zodiac. Connect the dots and see if you can imagine a scorpion. The star Shaula is near the tip of the scorpion's tail.

The constellation Scorpius is located between the constellations Libra and Sagittarius along the ecliptic. (The ecliptic is the plane defined by the Earth's orbit around the Sun. Most of the planets in our solar system orbit close to this plane.)

The brightest star in Scorpius is Antares, a red supergiant star that is about 500 light-years away from Earth and is about 230 times as big as the Sun. Antares is the 14th brightest star in the night sky. The second-brightest star in Scorpius is Graffias.

Throughout history, people have given names to groups of stars in the sky. A constellation is a group of stars that we see in the sky. These stars are not necessarily located together in space, but they look as though they are a group when seen from Earth. See if you can find these stars in the night sky.

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