NAME: Aquarius (uh-KWAIR-ee-us)
CULMINATION: midnight, 26 August
GENITIVE: Aquarii (uh-KWAIR-ee-ih)
NEIGHBORS: Aql, Cap, Cet, Del, Equ, Peg, PsA, Psc, Scl
BINOCULAR OBJECTS: NGC 6981 (M72), NGC 7089 (M2)
URBAN OBJECTS: NGC 7009, NGC 7089 (M2)
Aquarius, the Water Bearer, is a large constellation, ranking 10th in size among the 88 constellations. It covers 980 square degrees of the celestial sphere, or about 2.3%. Despite its size, Aquarius is not a prominent constellation. Its brightest stars, Sadalmelik, 34-Alpha (α) Aquarii, and Sadalsuud, 22-Beta (β) Aquarii, are only third magnitude. The most prominent star pattern in Aquarius is the Y-shaped asterism (a group of stars that forms ...