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Scorpius

Made Explore June 11th #390

A third attempt at Astrophotography, with this one turning out a bit better now that I understand what all the junk on my camera means. Though it's still a simple shot with one 16 second exposure (as that's all my camera can do and I don't know how to stack shots)

Seen here is the zodiac constellation of Scorpius. In addition to being a cool looking constellation (one of the few that looks anything like its name sake) I could find it easy in my LCD because of near by, and much brighter, Jupiter.

The main star in Scorpius is Antares and is the 16th brightest in the heavens and it's name is derived from it's Mars like hue. It is 600 light years from Earth, and is 10,000 times more luminous then our Sun (good thing it's so far away...)

Best viewed large... like the sky it's self

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Taken on June 11, 2007