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Scorpio constellation, 1482

Scorpio constellation, 1482

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ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Scorpio constellation, 15th century artwork. Engraving of Scorpio (the Scorpion), with Latin text. This constellation, one of the twelve constellations of the zodiac, is adjacent to that of Libra (the Scales). Here, Scorpio is shown holding the scales in one of its pincers. The black asterisks show the position of the stars that make up this constellation. This artwork is from the 1482 edition of Hyginus's Poeticon Astronomicon (Poetic Astronomy). This 1st-century BC star atlas was republished several times in the medieval period with woodcut engravings of the stars and constellations.

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