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In traditional belief, the flesh of the scorpion was thought to be a cure for its own sting. Ancient writers also said that when surrounded by fire, a scorpion will commit suicide by stinging itself.

The celestial Scorpion once had claws but Julius Ceasar cut them off to form the constellation Libra. But wherever you are, you can always recognize Scorpius by its bright heart, lit by the brilliant red supergiant star, Antares. Antares is so bright, it is often mistaken for the red planet Mars when they are close together. Antares is three hundred times as big as the Sun and three thousand times the Sun's luminosity. Scorpius surely has a strong, brave heart!

To the ancient Greeks, the constellation Scorpius was related to the death of the hunter Orion. One story tells how Orion fled the Scorpion by swimming the sea to the island of Delos to see his lover Athena. Apollo, seeking to punish Athena, joined her and challenged her hunting skills by daring her to shoot a black dot approaching the island from the water. Athena met the challenge and unknowingly killed her lover.

Another story states that Artemis, the great huntress and goddess, wished to acknowledge the Scorpion's deed of killing Orion by its sting, for it had done so at her bidding after Orion had boasted that he was superior to even the fiercest animal in stamina, strength, and speed. Artemis placed the celestial Scorpion in the gallery of stars.
Other sources say Gaia, the Earth goddess, placed the Scorpion's image in the night sky because she was displeased at Orion's wanting to kill all the Earth's wild animals. So she sent a giant scorpion to attack Orion.

There are many variations of the story of Orion and the Scorpion. In the sky today, it looks as if the scorpion is still chasing Orion, since Artemis also placed Orion in the sky as a constellation

Blah! Just a short history, or mythology on the scorpio for you. See you soon!
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