Abbreviation: Â Aqr
English Name: Â The Water Bearer
Hemisphere:Â Â Northern / Southern Hemisphere (Underlined means the more area in square feet in Southern Hemisphere.)
Location:Â Between the constellations of Pisces and Capricorn.
Visible between latitudes: Â +65 and -90 degrees
Best season: Autumn
Seen in three seasons: Summer, Autumn and Winter
Best seen in:Â Â October
Seen between:Â September and November
Right Ascension (RA):Â Â 23 hour
Declination (DEC):Â Â -15 degrees
Area (square degrees): Â 980 (10th)
Aquarius (The Water Bearer)
- A constellation of the zodiac (ecliptic), the Sun passing through it from 16th February to 11th March every year.
- The well-known constellation represents a figure pouring water from a jar.
- There are two important planetary nebulae; The Saturn Nebula and The Helix Nebula, also contains two globular clusters; Messier 2 and Messier 72.
- M2Â â€“ A globular cluster, just too faint to be seen with the naked-eye in dark conditions, but easy to see with binoculars or a small telescope.
- M72Â -Â Satellite galaxy of The Andromeda Galaxy(Elliptical Galaxy).
Other objects in Aquarius
- 119x objects:Â Â New General CatalogueÂ (NGC)
- 65x objects:Â Â Index CatalogueÂ (IC)
- 1x objects:Â Â Collinder CatalogÂ (Cr)
Features of Interest
- NGC7009 – The Saturn Nebula; a planetary Nebula – when seen through telescope with an aperture of 200mm/8-inch or more, it appears to have an external body part that resemble the rings of Saturn.
- NGC7293 – The Helix Nebula; possibly the closest planetary nebula to Earth – only 300 light years away.
Brightest Objects in Aquarius
- SadalmelikÂ (Alpha Aqr)
- SadalsuudÂ (Beta Aqr)
- SadalachbiaÂ (Gamma Aqr)
- SkatÂ (Delta Aqr)
- AlbaliÂ (Epsilon Aqr)
- AnchaÂ (Theta Aqr)
- SitulaÂ (Kappa Aqr)
- Photo of the constellation â€“Â Aquarius, as it appears to the naked-eye (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart Â – Aquarius
- List of stars in Aquarius.
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