Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 00:38:28 Posted by  Bobby

 Mythology of Aquarius

Aquarius is a well known constellation that represents a youth pouring water from a pitcher. The Water-pitcher is represented by a Y-shaped group of four stars, Gamma, Zeta, Eta and Pi Aquarii. The stream of water flows into the mouth of a large fish, represented by the constellation Piscis Austrinus to the south. Aquarius is a constellation of the Zodiac, the Sun passing through it from February 16th to March 11th.

 The Facts

  • Depiction: The Water Bearer
  • Pronounced: ack-WAIR-ee-us
  • Genitive: Aquarii
  • Abbreviation: Aqr
  • Highest in the Sky: August to October
  • Size Ranking: 10th
  • Coverage Area: 980 Sq. Degrees
  • Right Acension: 23 Hours
  • Declination: -15°
  • Visibility: 65°N to 85°S

 Notable Objects/Stars

  • Zeta Aquarii: Binary Star
  • M2, NGC 7089: Globular Cluster
  • M72, NGC 6981: Globular Cluster
  • M73, NGC 6994: Asterism
  • NGC 7009: The Saturn Nebula
  • NGC 7184: Spiral Galaxy
  • NGC 7293: The Helix Nebula

 Named Stars

  • Sadalmelik, Alpha Aquarii
  • Sadalsuud, Beta Aquarii
  • Sadachbia, Gamma Aquarii
  • Skat, Delta Aquarii
  • Albali, Epsilon Aquarii
  • Ancha, Theta Aquarii
  • Situla, Kappa Aquarii

 Best Viewed Objects/Stars

Zeta Aquarii

 A close binary, consisting of two white, 4th-magnitude stars that orbit each other every 490 years. Using high magnification, a telescope with an aperture of 3 in (75mm) or more should separate them.

(M2) NGC 7089 (Globular Cluster)

 A globular cluster, just too faint to be seen with the naked eye in all but the best conditions, but easy to see with binoculars or a small telescope. It resembles a fuzzy star.

NGC 7009 (The Saturn Nebula)

 A planetary nebula. When seen through a telescope with an aperture of 8 in (200mm) or more, it appears to have appendages that resemble the rings of Saturn, hence its popular name. A smaller telescope will show it is an 8th magnitude disk of apparent size to the globe of Saturn.

NGC 7293 (The Helix Nebula)

 Possibly the closest planetary nebula to Earth (only about 300 light-years away), and one of the largest in apparent size, at over a third of the diameter of the full Moon. Being so large, its light is spread over a wide area, making it difficult to spot. Under clear, dark skies, it can be seen through binoculars or a wide-field telescope as a pale gray patch.

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