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Scorpius lies near the heart of the Milky Way, southeast of Libra and south of Ophiuchus. This zodiac constellation has a number of bright stars and is easily recognized by its fishhook shape. In mythology, the scorpion was the slayer of Orion, the boastful warrior who loved and was beloved of the goddess Diana. Orion’s position in the sky, setting when Scorpius is rising, remembers the result of the great battle. In Polynesian mythology, Scorpius is the great fishhook which the goddess Pele used to raise the land from the sea.