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Scorpio 2021 πŸ¦‚ giant πŸš€

Two stick figures are sitting in the desert looking up at the Scorpio constellation

Of all the constellations, Scorpius the scorpion wins the prize of Looking-Most-Like-The-Thing-You-Are-Named-After. Kinda. Its brightest star is Antares, a red supergiant that’s the 15th brightest star in the night sky. It’s really big - if the Sun was a small coin on a basketball court, Antares would be almost the court’s width. Last night we saw it for the first time through our telescope. Nice. πŸ€

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Sources:

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