Scorpius, a constellation in the Southern Hemisphere and the eighth sign of the zodiac. (The sign of the zodiac is known as Scorpio.) From the mid-north latitudes the constellation can be seen in the south during summer. The bright, reddish star Antares is the brightest star in Scorpius.
The occasional sunspot can interrupt communications here on Earth. But major solar flares have the potential to cause more havoc. Could a flare-up wipe out all our electronics?
Venus is the second planet from the sun, and is about the same size as Earth. It is a terrestrial planet, meaning it has a solid surface. But the harsh conditions on Venus make it very inhospitable. Two spacecraft, Pioneer Venus 1 and Magellan, were able to penetrate the thick atmosphere of this planet.