Sagitta

Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 21:38:12 Posted by  Bobby
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 Mythology of Sagitta

Although it lies in the Milky Way, with Vulpecula and Cygnus to the north and Aquila to the south, Sagitta contains little that is of interest. The third smallest constellation, it has been visualized since ancient Greek times as an arrow, with its brightest star, Gamma Sagittae, magnitude 3.5, marking the arrowhead.

 The Facts

  • Depiction: The Arrow
  • Pronounced: sa-JIT-uh
  • Genitive: Sagittae
  • Abbreviation: Sge
  • Highest in the Sky: August
  • Size Ranking: 86th
  • Coverage Area: 80 Sq. Degrees
  • Right Acension: 20 hours
  • Declination: 10°
  • Visibility: 90°N to 66°S

 Notable Objects

  • IC 4997: Planetary nebula
  • M71: Globular cluster
  • NGC 6886: Planetary nebula
  • NGC 6879: Planetary nebula

 Named Stars

  • Sham, Alpha Sagittae

 Best Viewed Objects/Stars

M71

 A small globular cluster visible with binoculars or a small telescope.
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