The Constellation Aquarius

by Dominic Ford
Aquarius Aquarius
The constellation Aquarius. Roll mouse over to see labels.
Source: Stellarium.

Aquarius is the tenth largest constellation, visible just south of the celestial equator in the months around August.

It is one of the fainter zodiacal constellations, lacking any stars brighter than third magnitude, but does have a dozen stars of fourth magnitude. It is also home to the bright globular cluster M2.

Aquarius is usually depicted pouring water from a jar. The stream of water ends in the mouth of the southern fish, Piscis Austrinus, marked by the star Fomalhaut beneath Aquarius' feet. The meandering path of the stream itself is marked by a line of 20 faint stars.

He is usually identified as Ganymede, in classical mythology the wine-waiter to the gods and one of Zeus' many lovers.

Date First Appeared
Ancient
Sky Area
2.4% of the sky
979.9 square degrees
Messier Objects
Aquarius contains the following Messier objects: M2, M72, M73.
Caldwell Objects
Aquarius contains the following Caldwell objects: C55, C63.
Neighbors
The following constellations neighbor Aquarius: Aquila, Capricornus, Cetus, Delphinus, Equuleus, Pegasus, Pisces, Piscis Austrinus, Sculptor.
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Brightest Objects in Aquarius

Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
HD (mag 0.0) NGC 7005 (mag 0.0) Messier 2 (mag 6.2) IC 1443 (mag 0.0)
HD (mag 0.0) Messier 73 (mag 9.0) Messier 72 (mag 9.0) IC 5290 (mag 0.0)
Sadalsuud (mag 2.9) NGC 7492 (mag 10.5) NGC 7108 (mag 0.0)
Sadalmelik (mag 2.9) NGC 7719 (mag 0.0)
Skat (mag 3.3) NGC 7758 (mag 0.0)
c²-Aqr (mag 3.7) IC 1347 (mag 0.0)
λ-Aqr (mag 3.8) IC 1401 (mag 0.0)
Albali (mag 3.8) IC 5194 (mag 0.0)
Sadachbia (mag 3.9) NGC 7663 (mag 0.0)
b¹-Aqr (mag 4.0) IC 1439 (mag 0.0)
η-Aqr (mag 4.0) NGC 7596 (mag 0.0)
τ²-Aqr (mag 4.0) IC 1445 (mag 0.0)
ζ¹-Aqr (mag 4.1) NGC 7211 (mag 0.0)
Ancha (mag 4.2) NGC 7646 (mag 0.0)
φ-Aqr (mag 4.2) IC 5210 (mag 0.0)
ψ¹-Aqr (mag 4.2) NGC 6975 (mag 0.0)
ι-Aqr (mag 4.3) NGC 7065 (mag 0.0)
b²-Aqr (mag 4.4) NGC 7164 (mag 0.0)
ψ²-Aqr (mag 4.4) IC 1417 (mag 0.0)
ζ²-Aqr (mag 4.4) IC 5261 (mag 0.0)
EN Aqr (mag 4.5) NGC 7239 (mag 0.0)
c¹-Aqr (mag 4.5) IC 5178 (mag 0.0)
ω²-Aqr (mag 4.5) NGC 7763 (mag 0.0)
ν-Aqr (mag 4.5) IC 1438 (mag 0.0)
g-Aqr (mag 4.7) NGC 7727 (mag 10.7)

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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