Name a Star in the Aquarius Constellation

Modified: July 1, 2023     Author: International Star Registry

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Aquarius is the eleventh constellation of the zodiac. It is noted for its meteor showers, the strongest being Delta Aquarids which peaks on July 28. One can see about thirty-five meteors per hour. There is another that peaks around May 5, Eta Aquarids, which displays twenty each hour.  Aquarius contains the Saturn Nebula and the Helix Nebula. Helix is the largest planetary nebula in the sky, but is faint and to see it binoculars are needed. 

Here are some famous people with stars named after them in the Aquarius constellation: Grace Kelly, Neil Diamond, and Led Zeppelin.

The Water Bearer is represented by the figure of a man carrying an urn from which water is being poured. It is situated in the zodiac immediately south of the equinoctial and bounded by the Little Horse, Pegasus and Pisces on the north, and the whale on the east. Like other  zodiac constellations, Aquarius was catalogued by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy in the 2nd century.  


Symbol: Aqr 

Right Ascension: 10:27 

Declination: -9 

Diameter (°): 29 

Area (square °): 980 

Opposition: Aug 28 

Size Rank: 10th 

Brightness Rank: 32nd 

Genitive: Aquarii 


Major stars in Aquarius 

Sadalsuud – β Aquarii (Beta Aquarii)  

Sadalmelik – α Aquarii (Alpha Aquarii)  

Skat – δ Aquarii (Delta Aquarii)  

Sadachbia – γ Aquarii (Gamma Aquarii)  

Sadaltager – ζ Aquarii (Zeta Aquarii)  

R Aquarii  


Deep Sky Objects in Aquarius 

Messier 2 (M2, NGC 7089) 

Messier 72 (M72, NGC 6981) 

Messier 73 (M73, NGC 6994) 

Saturn Nebula (NGC 7009, Caldwell 55) 

Helix Nebula (NGC 7293, Caldwell 63) 

The Aquarius Dwarf (PGC 65367, DDO 210) 

Atoms for Peace Galaxy (NGC 7252) 

NGC 7727 


Mythology of the Constellation Aquarius 

This constellation was discovered by Ptolemy in the 2nd century but was known to many others long even before that time. Aquarius constellation is associated with ancient Greece and its mythology. This constellation is the famous Ganymede, a beautiful youth of Phrygia, son of Tros, king of Troy. According to Lucian, he was also the son of Dardanus. He was taken up to heaven by Jupiter as he was tending his father’s flocks on Mount Ida, and became the cupbearer of the gods, replacing Hebe after she married Hercules. There are various opinions among the ancients regarding the constellation’s origin.  Some suppose it represents Deucalion, who was placed among the stars after the celebrated deluge of Thessaly 1500 years before the birth of Christ. Deucalion was the Noah of the Greeks. Others think it was designed to commemorate Cecrops, who came from Egypt to Greece, and founded Athens, established science and introduced the arts to polished lifeThe ancient Egyptians supposed the setting or disappearance of Aquarius caused the Nile to rise when he sank his urn into the water. New Testament Christians in the seventeenth century had John the Baptist and St. Jude Thaddeus the Apostle as the two water jars.  Some liken it to Moses being taken from the waters as an infant. In ancient China it was the symbol of Emperor Tchoun Hin and called Hiven Mao, remembering a great deluge during his reign. In the zodiac of the Hebrews, Aquarius represents the tribe of Reuben. In the Encyclopedia Judaica the tribe of Asher is assigned to Aquarius. 


Aquarius Zodiac 

Sun Enters: January 20 

Sun Leaves: February 18 

Planet: Uranus 

Trait: Humane 

Positives: Friendly, willing, reformer, healer, hopeful, intellectual, wise, faithful 

Negatives: Tactless, perverse, eccentric, contrary, acting rebellious, serious 

As a Child: Opinionated 

Plant: Ivy 

Emotional: Too trapped 

Career: Charity worker 


 Q. Why is Aquarius referred to as the Sea? 

A. Aquarius lies in the region of the sky which is sometimes referred to as the Sea, because it contains a number of other constellations with names associated with water; Pisces (the fish), Eridanus (the river), and Cetus (the whale), among others. 


Q. What famous stars have their own star in Aquarius? 

A. Many famous Aquarians have had stars named including Farrah Fawcett, Jennifer Aniston, Neil Diamond, and Shakira  


 Q. What is the best time to view the Aquarius constellation? 

A. The constellation can be seen in the spring in the Southern Hemisphere and the fall in the Northern Hemisphere 

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