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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.
(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.