Editor: Matthew D. Parker
Semester: Spring 2013Scorpius


Scorpius is one of the constellations of the zodiac. It can be seen in the southern Hemisphere. Scorpius lies between Libra and Sagittarius. Its name means Scorpion in Latin. Scorpius is the slayer of Orion in Greek Mythology. It is made up of stars such as Antares, Graddias, Dschubba, Sargas, Shaula, Jabbah, Grafias, Alniyat, and Lesath.

Here a few links that may prove for further research:

University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Astronomy: Scorpius

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Overview: This website covers the physical aspects of Scorpius such as its position within the sky, and its visibility during specific times of the year. It also lists the stars that make up the constellation and objects surrounding it.
Author: Chris Dolan
Last Updated: Unknown
Date Reviewed: May 15th, 2013
Reviewed By: Matthew D. Parker
Accuracy: Includes links that lead to specific details about the stars that make up the constellation Scorpius. Also it contains links that include information about the Messier Objects.
Readability and Clarity: The reading grade of this website is about 8.7, which means it can be easily read by an eighth grade student. It does not contain many long paragraphs but the links lead to a more elaborate essays.
Ease of Navigation: Very Organized, links connect directly to information that we need. Only one bad link, that is only to the Author's personnel website.

Peoria Astronomical Society: Scorpius

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Overview: Covers basic history of Scorpius, but focuses more on the actual location of its stars. It also gives brief descriptions on Deep Sky Objects that surround Scorpius, such as M-4, M-6, etc.
Author: Peoria Astronomical Society
Last Updated: Unknown
Date Reviewed: May 15th, 2013
Reviewed By: Matthew D. Parker
Accuracy: It contains specific information involving the location and the magnitude of stars within the constellation of the Scorpius.Readability and Clarity: The readability of this document is 9.9 grade. It is very easy to understand and read. Nothing to drastic in grammar or vocabulary, and the only thing that is difficult to understand without prior knowledge is the initialed phrases in describing the statistics of the stars.
Ease of Navigation: Has a similar organization to this website, minus that it does not have links to stars or other deep space objects.

Top Astronomer: Scorpius


Overview: This website is very useful in that it has an interactive Java application that allows the user to mouse over the above picture to find out specific details on the stars of the constellation. It also has paragraphs of information on Scorpius and the stars surrounding the constellation.
Author: Joanne Chantry
Last Updated: August 6th, 2012
Date Reviewed: May 16th, 2013
Reviewed By: Matthew D. Parker
Accuracy: As this website has not been updated since early fall 2012, all information may not be up to date. The information that is on the site can also be realiable in that distances and location of the stars do not change all the often.Readability and Clarity: The reading level for this website is marked at 11.1, which is much higher than the average (which is roughly 7-8 grade reading level). Also there is a noticeable difference in dialect, seeing as the author is from the UK. It can be noticed that such words as 'colour' look misspelled to us Americans, but is the proper way to spell it in the UK,
Ease of Navigation: This page of the website does not have a menu, but instead follows a flowing paragraph form. This may prove difficult if you are looking for a specific niche of information, and instead of clicking upon a link in a menu, having to search through paragraphs of irrelevant facts to discover the one thing you might be looking for.



Overview: This website gives a great background to the mythology of the constellation as well as going into the more scientific details (such as it only takes the sun 9 days to transverse the constellation). It gives historical information on the constellation, being one of the oldest, and describing how it got its current shape.
Author: Richard Dibon-Smith
Last Updated: Unknown
Date Reviewed: May 16th, 2013
Reviewed By: Matthew D. Parker
Accuracy: There is not citations on this site, and very few links leading to other sites. The Author is declared to be an Astronomical enthusiasts, but has a graduate degree in Social Sciences, but does not have a PhD.Readability and Clarity: The reading level of this Website is rated at 10.4, which is slightly higher than the average reading level. It is largely Americana English but it does fall into misspelling a few words. It has very few grammar errors.
Ease of Navigation: Not very organized. Was organized into flowing paragraph form, with only a few links to other websites.

Space.com: Scorpius


Overview: This website covers the history of Scorpius from different of cultures from across the globe. It briefly describes a few major stars of the constellation and the basic concepts of the mythology of it.
Author: Kim Ann Zimmermann
Last Updated: Unknown
Date Reviewed: May 16th, 2013
Reviewed By: Matthew D. Parker
Accuracy: This website in general has a great editors with degrees in Astronomy, but this specific author has no details on her range of degrees. One can only assume that the Editors of this website would not allow fictional information on their site.Readability and Clarity: The level of reading for this website is 9.4, which can be expected from a scientific website. There were no spelling or grammatical errors within this website.
Ease of Navigation: It was quite easy to follow, but there was not a on of information on this site. There were only a handful of links leading to other websites. This website followed the flowing paragraph form, with no menu of links.