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Scutum (skyoo -tŭm) (Shield) A small constellation in the southern hemisphere near Sagittarius, lying in the Milky Way, the brightest stars being of 3rd and 4th magnitude. It contains the bright RV Tauri star R Scuti, the prototype of the Delta Scuti stars, and many star clusters, including the just-visible fan-shaped open cluster, the Wild Duck (M11 [NGC 6705]). Abbrev.: Sct; genitive form: Scuti; approx. position: RA 19h, dec –10°; area: 109 sq deg.
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(Shield), an equatorial constellation that contains no stars brighter than the fourth visual stellar magnitude. The best conditions for observation of the constellation are in June and July. Scutum can be seen everywhere in the USSR except the Far North.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
A bony, horny, or chitinous plate.
The second of four pieces forming the upper part of the thoracic segment in certain insects.
One or two lower opercular valves in certain barnacles.
A southern constellation, right ascension 19 hours, declination 10° south. Also known as Shield.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Abdomen overlapping posterior margin of carapace; oval, tapering posteriorly, without dorsal or ventral scuta
; paired dorsal sigilla present (Figs 1, 2); venter with paired tiny sclerites running in two rows from epigastric fold to spinnerets, lateral rows weakly sclerotised; inframamillary sclerite absent.