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Scutum

Quick Facts

Name:Scutum
SKYOU-tum
Meaning:Shield
Abbreviation:Sct
Genitive:Scuti
Visible in Latitudes:70° thru -90°
Viewing Season:Summer
Best Seen In:August, 9:00 pm
Transit Date:June 30
Right Ascension:18.67 hours
Declination:-10.3 degrees
Area:109.114 sq. degrees

Star Diagram

Star Diagram: Scutum

About Scutum

Scutum was created by Johannes Hevelius in 1690, originally drawn as the Coat of Arms of Scutum (John) Sobieski, king of Poland, who distiguished himself in defending his land against the Turks when they marched on Vienna on September 12, 1683; the Turks were turned back at the gates of the city. And seven years later Scutum was created in honor of his victory.

Messier Objects

 
NameType
M11Open Cluster
M26Open Cluster

Neighboring Constellations

AquilaSerpens
Sagittarius
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