The Constellation Sagittarius
The Archer

sagittarius constellation zodiac symbol

The constellation Sagittarius is the archer out to avenge the death of Orion the constellation of the hunter, by the giant scorpion Scorpius.

The archer's arrow, Sagitta points towards the star Antares which symbolizes the heart of the scorpion, As Sagittarius follows the scorpion across the southern sky.

The Sagittarius constellation is bounded by Ophiuchus to the west and on the east by Capricornus The Seagoat.

Sky Gazing The Archer

Right Ascension: 19 hours

Declination: -25 degrees

Visible between latitudes 55 and -90 degrees

Best seen in August (at 9:00 PM)

Named Stars:

Rukbat (Alpha Sgr) Arkab Prior (Beta 1 Sgr) Arkab Posterior (Beta 2 Sgr) Nash (Gamma 2 Sgr) Kaus Meridionalis (Delta Sgr) KAUS AUSTRALIS (Epsilon Sgr) Ascella (Zeta Sgr) Kaus Borealis (Lambda Sgr) Ain al Rami (Nu 1 Sgr) Albaldah (Pi Sgr) NUNKI (Sigma Sgr) Terebellum (Omega Sgr) Terebellum (59 Sgr) Terebellum (60 Sgr) Terebellum (62 Sgr)

Many nebulae are visible in Sagittarius including:

M8 the Lagoon nebula, M17 the Horsehead nebula(also known as the Omega or Swan nebula), and M20 the Triffid nebula.

The center of the galaxy lies in the direction of Sagittarius. So break-out the binoculars.

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