Sagittarius (constellation) facts for kids
|Area||867 sq. deg. (15th)|
|Main stars||12, 8|
|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)
|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 (♐︎). 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.
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The constellation Sagittarius. North is to the left. The line going to the right connects ζ to α and β Sagittarii. Above this line one sees Corona Australis.
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