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Scutum is a small rectangular constellation the lies north of Sagittarius between Serpens Cauda and Aquila. Scutum lies in the Milky Way and contains some of the skies densest star fields. The Great Rift, a series of dark lanes in the plane of the Milky Way is particularly prominent here. Scutum is best seen during the summer. Scutum as no prominent stars and was named by Hevelius to commemorate Polish King Sobieski’s victory over the Turks in 1683. It is depicted as a coat of arms or a shield.