Scutum as depicted by Johannes Hevelius in his Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia (1687). Source image provided by www.RareMaps.com — Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.
|Scutum Constellation Profile
|Location: Southern Hemisphere
||Size/Area: 109 sq. deg.
||Size Rank: 84
|On Meridian: 9pm August 15th
||Best View (North): Summer
||Best View (South):
|Bordering Constellations: Aquila, Serpens Cauda, Sagittarius
The Myth Behind the Constellation Scutum
Scutum, “The Shield” is another modern constellation created by Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius in the late seventeenth century. Originally it was named Scutum Sobiescanum, “Shield of Sobieski” to honor John Sobieski, the king of Poland, who defeated the Ottoman forces in the Battle of Vienna in 1683. Later it was shortened to Scutum.
Scutum Constellation Points of Interest
|Interesting Objects in the Constellation Scutum
|Wild Duck Cluster
Bright Stars in Scutum
These are no stars in Scutum with a magnitude of 3.0 or brighter.