Magnitude Charts for the Constellation Scorpius at 40N
Compare the view of your nighttime sky to the Magnitude Charts below. This will determine the magnitude of the faintest stars that you can see at your location. For printouts to use during your observation, you can use the magnitude charts included in the Activity Guides. For practice, try the Observation Practice quiz! (requires Flash)
Can You Find Scorpius?
Scorpius like Sagittarius is most easily found looking south toward the Milky Way and following it upward. It is easiest to find Scorpius by looking for what looks like a fish hooks of bright stars. At the center of this hook is what visually looks like a bright red star. This is often mistaken for Mars being visually red, but this is the Red Giant star Antares which is the heart of Scorpius. The body of Scorpius is what looks like the fish hook, with the tail as the hook and the head and pincers of Scorpius being at the opposite end making a three pronged end point away from Sagittarius.
Practice Finding Scorpius.
(Images modified from charts provided by Jan Hollan, of the Global Change Research Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)