Get Adobe Flash player
whats in the sky  science radio news  smart cal

Summer of Mars


Abbreviation: Aqr
Genitive: Aquarii
Translation: The Water Bearer

Position in the Sky
Right Ascension: 23 hours
Declination: -15 degrees
Visible between latitudes 65 and -90 degrees
Best seen in October (at 9:00 PM)
Named Stars

Sadalsuud (Beta Aqr)
Sadalachbia (Gamma Aqr)
Skat (Delta Aqr)
Albali (Epsilon Aqr)
Ancha (Theta Aqr)
Situla (Kappa Aqr)
Messier Objects

M2 (globular cluster)
M72 (globular cluster)
M73 (system or astrerism of 4 stars)
This is one of the 13 constellations of the Zodiac.

Aquarius is a rather faint constellation which would not be famous if it weren't part of the Zodiac. Aquarius, as its name suggests is universally associated with water. In most cultures, it is drawn as a man pouring water from a bucket. This may arise from the fact that the Sun enters Aquarius in early winter when the rainy season begins in many parts of the world.