Scutum is a Southern Hemisphere constellation otherwise known as the Shield. It is one of seven constellations introduced by the 17th century astronomer Johannes Hevelius (Wikipedia) and published in Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia in 1687. Scutum remains one of the 88 modern constellations defined by the International Astronomical Union (Wikipedia).

Scutum (abbrev. = Sct; genitive = Scuti) covers 109 square degrees or 0.26% of the celestial sphere making it the 84th largest constellation. It contains 29 stars brighter than apparent magnitude 6.5, the brightest star being Alpha Scuti.

For more information see the entries for Scutum at Wikipedia and U. Wisconsin. For a chart of Scutum, see Sct (IAU).

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