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Constellation Guide

Constellation guide to the 88 official constellations which divide up the sky. These constellations are used to help navigate the celestial sphere. The Constellations are patterns in the sky which have been to invented and have deep mythology behind them. Constellations cover massive areas in the sky and as such are very easy to find.

Some of the constellations have very familiar names, such as Leo, Gemini, Virgo and Aquarius. There are 12 of these constellations and they form the Zodiac. The Zodiac constellations follow the line of the ecliptic. The ecliptic is the apparent path of the Sun on the celestial sphere.

Aquarius

The Water-Bearer

Aquarius is one of the oldest recognized constellations along the zodiac, the sun's apparent path.

Aquarius

Aquarius Mythology

The best-known myth originates from Greece and identifies Aquarius with Ganymede, a beautiful youth with whom Zeus fell in love. Zeus, in the disguise of an eagle, represented as the constellation Aquila, carried off to Olympus to be cup bearer to the gods. Crater is sometimes identified as his cup.

Further Information

It is found in a region often called the Sea due to its profusion of watery constellations such as Cetus, Pisces, Eridanus, etc. Sometimes, the river Eridanus is depicted spilling from Aquarius' watering pot.

 

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