Astronomy

I’ll Get You, My Pretty

Scorpius with Mars & Moon

Low-hanging clouds obscured views of the night sky last night, so we did some indoor stargazing with our Sky Guide app. Around 10 p.m., Scorpius rose from the horizon with Mars and the Moon within its menacing grasp.

In Greek mythology, Scorpius is the scorpion that killed Orion the Hunter. But like comic book deaths, this was just a temporary setback, as everyone comes back except Uncle Ben.

Even so, the night sky isn’t big enough for these two ancient nemeses. The two constellations are placed opposite each other so that Orion sets as the scorpion rises.

Which is perhaps why Scorpius now has its sights on closer prey?

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