Sabik and Shaula have similar ecliptic longitudes but are far from the ecliptic north and south. The line connecting these two stars crosses the ecliptic 261 degrees east of the Vernal Equinox. Sabik is a medium bright star in the constellation Ophiuchus. For about 19 days the ecliptic passes through Ophiuchus, whereas only 5 days for Scorpius. In reality the zodiac is 13 constellations. Shaula is one of the bright stars in the stinger of the scorpion.