Scorpius Rising As we quickly approach the middle of Winter, are also treated to both the best observing conditions of the year (when its not raining that is!) and a plethora of gorgeous sights up in the night sky.
The Butterfly Cluster (cataloged as Messier 6 or M6 , and as NGC 6405 ) is an open cluster of stars in the constellation of Scorpius . Its name derives from the vague resemblance of its shape to a butterfly . The first astronomer to record the Butterfly Cluster's existence was Giovanni Battista Hodierna in 1654.
Messier 7 or M7 , also designated NGC 6475 and sometimes known as the Ptolemy Cluster , [ 4 ] is an open cluster of stars in the constellation of Scorpius . The cluster is easily detectable with the naked eye , close to the "stinger" of Scorpius. M7 has been known since antiquity ; it was first recorded by the 1st-century Greek-Roman astronomer Ptolemy , who described it as a nebula in 130 AD. [ 5 ] Italian astronomer Giovanni Batista Hodierna observed it before 1654 and counted 30 stars in it.
Messier 80 (also known as M80 or NGC 6093 ) is a globular cluster in the constellation Scorpius . It was discovered by Charles Messier in 1781.
Scorpius , sometimes known as Scorpio, is one of the constellations of the zodiac .
Antares (α Scorpii, α Sco, Alpha Scorpii) is a red supergiant star in the Milky Way galaxy and the sixteenth brightest star in the nighttime sky.
NGC 6302 (also called the Bug Nebula , Butterfly Nebula , or Caldwell 69 ) is a bipolar planetary nebula in the constellation Scorpius .
NGC 6357 and Pismis 24
Messier 4 or M4 (also designated NGC 6121 ) is a globular cluster in the constellation of Scorpius . It was discovered by Philippe Loys de Chéseaux in 1746 and catalogued by Charles Messier in 1764.