Scutum Constellation | Constellations In The Southern Hemisphere

Scutum Constellation | Constellations In The Southern Hemisphere

SCUTUM CONSTELLATION – In this topic, we are going to know and learn about the southern constellation Scutum, the Shield.

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The constellation lies in the southern sky. It means ‘the shield’ in Latin.

It was originally introduced by the Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius in the 17th century, who named it Scutum Sobiescianum, Shield of Sobieski, in honor of Polish King Jan III Sobieski, who had been victorious in the Battle of Vienna in 1683.

It houses Messier 11, the Wild Duck Cluster, and the open cluster Messier 26, as well as variable star Delta Scuti and to the red supergiants Stephenson 2-18 and UY Scuti.

It is the 84th largest constellation and occupies an area of about 109 square degrees. It lies in SQ4, the fourth quadrant of the southern hemisphere.

Scutum belongs to the Hercules family, along with Aquila, Ara, Centaurus, Corona Australis, Corvus, Crater, Crux, Cygnus, Hercules, Hydra, Lupus, Lyra, Ophiuchus, Sagitta, Sextans, Serpens, Triangulum Australe and Vulpecula.


Among the stars include:

  • Beta Scuti
  • Delta Scuti
  • Epsilon Scuti
  • Eta Scuti
  • Gamma Scuti
  • Ionnina
  • PSR B1829-10
  • R Scuti
  • Zeta Scuti

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