Scorpio represents those born from October 23—November 21. Scorpio is the eighth Zodiac sign of the year, right after Libra.
Myth and Legend: The legend of Scorpio starts with the Greek hero Orion. Orion was a master hunter and showoff. He declared himself the best hunter and bragged that he would kill all the animals on Earth. His boasts offended the Gods, particularly Gaia— Goddess of the Earth. Gaia created a giant scorpion to be rid of Orion. The terrifying scorpion chased after Orion, eventually stinging him to death. Zeus, ruler of the Gods placed both Orion and the Scorpion up in the night sky as constellations. But he took care to place them far apart, so they could not fight anymore!
Constellation: Scorpio is one of the biggest and brightest constellations in the night sky. And it actually looks like what it represents— a scorpion—unlike most of the other constellations! However, like much in life it has been downsized. Under the ancient Greeks, Scorpio possessed claws. These were taken away by the Romans, who gave them to Libra, where they became the Scales of Justice. The best viewing time for the Scorpio constellation is in early to mid-July at around 9pm, between latitudes + 40°and -90° in the northern hemisphere. If you live in the southern hemisphere, you can also see the Scorpio constellation at the same time. In fact, you’ll get an even better view! Use a star map as a guide and a knowledgeable star gazer to assist you.
Extra Fun Fact: Scorpio is Latin for Scorpion. Scorpio literally means creature with a burning sting! Antares — a giant bright red star— marks the center of the Scorpio constellation.
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Evonne Blanchard is the author of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace and ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage. These are the first two books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ an exciting series of ten books set in outer space (for children ages 5-9).
Ever wondered if aliens exist? What if one needed your help? Would you travel to outer space? For the adventures… of a lifetime!
Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace
When is a present not a present? When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto! Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon. Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help. Should Amelia venture into outer Space?
“Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.” – Kirkus Reviews
“The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children
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Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage
Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help. His sister is very sick. The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune. With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest. More items are needed to buy the crystal. But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens. Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?
“A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.” Kirkus Reviews
5/5 star rating! “Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage is a wonderful children’s book that will allow your kids to get started in the Sci-Fi genre… The story is intriguing and well thought out. All in all, the author did a great job of creating an engaging story that kept my kids interested. We are definitely looking forward to the next book!”- Examiner.com
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