Aquarius: The Water-Carrier


Aquarius, The Water-Carrier

Aquarius as depicted by Johannes Hevelius in his Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia (1687). Source image provided by — Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.

Aquarius Constellation Profile
Abbreviation: Aqr Genitive: Aquarii Origin: Ancient
Location: Celestial Equator Size/Area: 980 sq. deg. Size Rank: 11
On Meridian: 9pm October 10th Best View (North): Autumn Best View (South):
Bordering Constellations: Pegasus, Equuleus, Delphinus, Aquila, Capricornus, Piscis Austrinus, Sculptor, Cetus, Pisces


The Myth Behind the Constellation Aquarius

To the ancient Greeks, Aquarius represented Ganymede, a prince of Troy who was so beautiful that Zeus sent his eagle to bring the youth to Mt. Olympus where now he serves as Zeus’ special cupbearer. To compensate Ganymede’s father, King Tros, Zeus gave immortal horses from his own herd.

Aquarius Constellation Points of Interest

Interesting Objects in the Constellation Aquarius
Name Messier NGC Type Visibility
M2 NGC 7089 Globular Cluster Binoculars
M72 NGC 6981 Globular Cluster Small Scope
M73 NGC 6994 Asterism Binoculars


Brighter Stars in Aquarius

These are the stars in Aquarius with a minimum magnitude of 3.0.

Name Bayer Name Magnitude Color Luminosity Distance
Sadalsuud Beta Aquarii 2.90  Yellow 2670 suns 615 ly
Sadalmelik Alpha Aquarii 2.95  Yellow 4617 suns 759 ly