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Scutum Constellation
Constellation Scutum the Shield

Scutum, the Shield (Sct)  

(SCOOT-um)


The constellation of Scutum, the Shield, is best viewed in Summer during the month of August. It's brightest star is Alpha Scuti at magnitude 3.85. The boundary of the Scutum constellation contains 1 stars that host known exoplanets.

Red supergiant UY Scuti is the largest known star in the universe at 1,700 times the size of the Sun.

      1. Pronunciation:
      2. SCOOT-um
      1. Meaning:
      2. Shield
      1. Genitive:
      2. Scuti
      1. Abbreviation:
      2. Sct
      1. Constellation Family:
      2. Hercules
      1. Hemisphere:
      2. Southern
      1. Quadrant:
      2. SQ4
      1. Best viewing month*:
      2. August
      1. Right Ascension (avg):
      2. 18h 39m
      1. Declination (avg):
      2. -10° 53'
      1. Brightest star:
      2. Alpha Scuti  (3.85m)
      1. Stars with planets:
      2. 1
      1. X-ray stars:
      2. 4 (2 binaries) stars
      1. Pulsars:
      2. 5
      1. Other:
      2. Microquasar, magnetar

    * For southern latitudes, flip the season listed. For example, if a constellation is listed as best viewed in the summer in the month of July, in the southern hemisphere the constellation would be best viewed in the winter in January and would be upside-down.

    ** Circumpolar constellations are visible year-round in the hemisphere listed (and not at all in the opposite).