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Sagittarius
Constellation
Abbreviation Sgr
Genitive Sagittarii
Pronunciation
genitive
Symbolism the Archer
Right ascension 19h
Declination −25°
Quadrant SQ4
Area 867 sq. deg. (15th)
Main stars 12, 8
Bayer/Flamsteed
stars
68
Stars with planets 32
Stars brighter than 3.00m 7
Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly) 3
Brightest star ε Sgr (Kaus Australis) (1.79m)
Nearest star Ross 154
(9.69 ly, 2.97 pc)
Messier objects 15
Bordering
constellations
Visible at latitudes between +55° and −90°.
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of August.

Sagittarius is one of the constellations of the zodiac and is located in the Southern celestial hemisphere. It is one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy and remains one of the 88 modern constellations. Its old astronomical symbol is Sagittarius symbol (Moskowitz, fixed width).svg (♐︎). Its name is Latin for "archer". Sagittarius is commonly represented as a centaur pulling back a bow. It lies between Scorpius and Ophiuchus to the west and Capricornus and Microscopium to the east.

The center of the Milky Way lies in the westernmost part of Sagittarius (see Sagittarius A).

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