Star Alpha Scorpii "Antares"


Constellation:  Scorpius
Identifier:   Alpha (Greek letter) Scorpii "Antares"
Classification:  Spectral class M1
Visual Magnitude:  0.96 (bright naked eye object)
Luminosity Class:  I (supergiant)
Distance | Motion:  440 LY  |  approaching @ 3 km/sec
Diameter:  600 * Sun
Luminosity:  6000 * Sun
Comments:  The Arabic name Antares means "Rival of Mars" referring to its red color.  Its brilliant light creates reflection nebula designated IC4606.