What is it?• Aquarius is the eleventh astrological sign in thezodiacs.• Aquarius constellation is located is thesouthern hemisphere.
Discovery and Name• The name “Aquarius” means “the water-bearer” in Latin and the symbol is ♒. Thissymbol means water.• Greek astronomer Ptolemy discovery Aquariusin the 2nd century.
Facts• Aquarius containsthree Messierobjects – M2 (NGC7089), M72 (NGC6981), and M73(NGC 6994) – andhas seven starswith knownplanets.• Aquarius is the 10thlargestconstellation in thesky, occupying anarea of 980 squaredegrees.
Facts•There are four meteorshowers associatedwith the Aquariusconstellation: the MarchAquariids, Eta Aquariids,Delta Aquariids, andIota Aquariids.
Facts• Aquarius belongs to thezodiac family ofconstellations, along withAries, Taurus, Gemini,Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra,Scorpius, Sagittarius,Capricornus, and Pisces.• Constellations borderingAquarius are Aquila,Capricornus, Cetus,Delphinus, Equuleus,Pegasus, Pisces, PiscisAustrinus, and Sculptor.
Facts• The brightest star in the constellation isSadalsuud, Beta Aquarii.
MYTH• In Babylonian mythology, Aquarius is identifiedas GU.LA (the great one), the god Ea himselfand, in Egyptian tales, the constellation wassaid to represent the god of the Nile.
MYTHAquarius is represent a young man pouringwater from an amphora into the mouth ofthe Southern Fish, represented by theconstellation Piscis Austrinus.
MTYH• Aquarius always associated with Ganymede,the son of King Tros, in Greek mythology.Ganymede was a beautiful Trojan youth whocaught Zeus’ eye, which prompted the god todisguise himself as an eagle the and carry himto Olympus as cup-bearer to the gods.