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Aquarius Constellation

Aquarius (Pronounciation:Ack-where-e-us, Abbrev:Aqr, Latin:Aquarii) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Aquarius takes up 979.854 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 2.38% of the night sky. The constellation gets its name as it name means The Water Carrier . The constellation is one of the original constellations that was devised by the Ancient Greco-Egyptian astronomer Ptolemy who lived between 90 A.D. and 168 A.D.

Aquarius is a member constellation of the Zodiac grouping, a group of 12 star signs that astrologers use to predict someones future based on their date of birth and which constellation appeared when the Sun set. The Zodiac year may be divided up equally between the twelve signs but when they appear in the night sky no longer conforms to the Zodiac calendar. Aquarius is an equatorial constellation that can be seen by countries nearest the Equator.

The brightest star in Aquarius is Sadalsuud. There are 20 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site.

Aquarius Star and Deep Space Object Count

The number of stars that have been catalogued as part of the Hipparcos Star Catalogue from Aquarius is 2134. The number of stars that are of magnitude 6.0 or lower in the constellation is 99. The number of stars in the constellation that make up the outline is 17.

There are 3 deep space objects that were identified by Charles Messier in this constellation. There are no non-Messier deep space objects in this constellation that are covered at present on this site.

Stars of Interest

The nearest star to Earth is HIP 113020 which is roughly about 15.29 Light Years from the Earth. The nearest star to the Earth with an exoplanet is HIP 113020 which is about 15.29 Light Years. The furthest star that can be located in the constellation is HIP 106645 which is located about 326163 Light Years away from the Sun. The furthest figure is derived from either the 1997 or 2007 Hipparcos star catalogue parallax figure and it has been known to produce distances that are wrong.

The dimmest star that can be seen in Aquarius with the naked eye is 4 Aquarii. The dim star has an apparent magnitude of 5.99. The dimmest star that a person is able to see with their naked eye is 6.0 magnitude based on the table in the reference. Ref: University of Michigan

The caveat of these stars are that they are catalogued on this site. If you know of a star that is nearer or further then do let me know in the comments and I'll add it to the site. The stars mentioned are from the Hipparcos catalogue or have been added because of their special status.

Legend of Aquarius

Zeus took a liking to Ganymede, the son of Tros who built Troy. He instructed the boy to become his water bearer. The job had previously been done by Hebe, the daughter of Hera. Hera was angered at the relationship between Zeus and Ganymede that she let it be known. In revenge that Zeus glorified Ganymede by turning him into the constellation.

Meteor Showers

There are 27 Meteor Showers that occur during the year within this constellation based on information gathered from Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland). The ones listed as the ones I've been able to find a date range for. For others if you have the time, you can visit the AMU site, obtains the SL value then use IMO tables to calculate the date. A lot of the Meteor Showers are weak and you need to do a lot of stargazing to spot them.

NameActivityPeak ActivityClosest Star
Eta AquariidsApril 21-May 12May 5/6
Tau Aquariids27 Jun- 6 Jul28-JunTau1 Aquarii
Southern Delta AquariidsJul 12 - Aug 19 Jul 28Skat
Southern Iota AquariidsJuly 1-September 18Aug. 6/7Iota Aquarii
Northern Delta AquariidsJuly 16-Sepember 10Aug. 13/14Skat
Northern Iota AquariidsAug 11-Sep 10Aug. 25/26Iota Aquarii
Gamma AquariidsSeptember 1-14Sept. 7/8Sadachbia

Aquarius Facts


NameAquarius
AbbreviationAqr
Is a Zodiac Sign Yes
Brightest StarSadalsuud
Area979.854 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky2.38%
Size Position10th
Hemisphere Equatorial
Site Exoplanet Count20
Meteor Shower Count27
Nearest StarHIP 113020
Nearest Star with Exoplanet(s)HIP 113020
Dimmest Star4 Aquarii
Furthest StarHIP 106645
Bright Star Count99
Hipparcos Star Count2134
Main Star Count17
Messier Deep Space Object Count3
*Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count0
Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding ConstellationsPegasus
Equuleus
Delphinus
Aquila
Capricornus
Piscis Austrinus
Sculptor
Cetus
Pisces

*Note: The number of Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count relates to how many are covered on this site not how many there are.


Aquarius Constellation Map


Aquarius Constellation Star Map

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.

List of Stars with Exoplanets in Aquarius


StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)Exoplanet CountDeclinationRight Ascension
HD 206610632.101-07d 24` 29.721h 43m 24.90
HD 21027770.321-07d 32` 51.222h 09m 29.82
HD 212771427.471-17d 15` 48.322h 27m 03.12
HD 21515270.192-06d 24` 00.422h 43m 21.39
HD 220689145.351-20d 36` 56.123h 25m 53.00
HD 222582136.241-05d 59` 07.823h 41m 51.62
HIP 11302015.296-14d 15` 43.422h 53m 16.16
Trappist-139.307-05 d 02` 28.523h 06m 29.28

List of Named Stars in Aquarius without Extrasolar Planets

As there's so many stars in the cosmos, not all the stars are listed here. The site has lots of stars not listed so if your star isn't listed and you know the Henry Draper or Hipparcos ID, type https://www.universeguide.com/star/ then followed by the HIPNNNNNN or HDNNNN where NNNNN is the number part of the name. The stars that I do list have either a traditional name, a bayer or other classification name.

StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)DeclinationRight Ascension
1 Aquarii233.14+00d 29` 11.420h 39m 24.83
1 G. Aqr242.68-04d 55` 46.220h 39m 05.86
100 Aquarii248.41-21d 22` 10.023h 31m 42.04
100 G. Aqr293.31-17d 54` 12.022h 02m 11.78
101 Aquarii293.58-20d 54` 52.323h 33m 16.63
103 Aquarii756.76-18d 01` 36.823h 41m 34.51
104 Aquarii838.47-17d 48` 59.523h 41m 45.80
104 Aquarii B1606.72-17d 47` 00.523h 41m 46.39
106 Aquarii378.82-18d 16` 36.923h 44m 12.06
107 Aquarii238.77-18d 40` 42.123h 46m 00.84
108 Aquarii318.83-18d 54` 33.023h 51m 21.32
11 Aquarii88.80-04d 43` 47.721h 00m 33.81
11 G. Aqr264.10-12d 32` 41.020h 50m 41.70
113 G. Aqr576.26-23d 39` 32.822h 09m 28.94
115 G. Aqr483.20-03d 53` 38.322h 10m 21.10
119 G. Aqr183.75-21d 13` 57.722h 11m 02.30
12 Aquarii501.79-05d 49` 23.021h 04m 04.71
121 G. Aqr290.44-04d 43` 14.122h 12m 43.89
126 G. Aqr463.96-23d 08` 24.422h 16m 59.79
128 G. Aqr263.25-01d 35` 46.922h 16m 33.67
138 G. Aqr466.61-07d 11` 40.022h 23m 32.15
14 Aquarii1655.65-09d 12` 52.821h 16m 17.78
144 G. Aqr393.44-23d 40` 56.822h 26m 10.70
15 Aquarii1016.09-04d 31` 10.221h 18m 11.07
15 G. Aqr144.00-11d 34` 25.520h 53m 05.57
152 G. Aqr259.89-12d 54` 54.422h 30m 01.39
155 G. Aqr391.08-02d 54` 40.322h 31m 18.42
16 Aquarii296.51-04d 33` 36.521h 21m 04.33
162 G. Aqr303.13-23d 59` 27.922h 35m 36.36
17 Aquarii731.31-09d 19` 09.421h 22m 56.27
18 Aquarii153.63-12d 52` 41.321h 24m 11.44
18 G. Aqr217.73-06d 53` 21.920h 53m 58.37
189 G. Aqr426.92-19d 10` 30.522h 54m 05.60
19 Aquarii299.51-09d 44` 53.321h 25m 13.02
196 G. Aqr693.96-20d 08` 21.722h 55m 30.57
197 G. Aqr388.29-04d 48` 36.322h 57m 17.21
198 G. Aqr888.73-13d 04` 15.222h 59m 35.68
2 G. Aqr1792.11-02d 24` 46.720h 39m 13.25
20 Aquarii207.35-03d 23` 53.621h 24m 51.68
200 G. Aqr393.92-22d 47` 27.023h 01m 23.03
202 G. Aqr1475.85-04d 42` 41.323h 01m 31.70
205 G. Aqr239.65-20d 52` 13.423h 02m 44.29
21 Aquarii388.29-03d 33` 23.721h 25m 16.96
213 G. Aqr340.11-14d 30` 37.923h 09m 49.53
217 G. Aqr232.31-03d 29` 46.923h 15m 34.26
225 G. Aqr1393.86-18d 04` 31.423h 19m 24.11
233 G. Aqr203.98-21d 46` 27.223h 24m 04.02
234 G. Aqr314.22-18d 41` 17.223h 24m 07.76
236 G. Aqr381.48-21d 44` 27.023h 26m 35.44
237 G. Aqr409.24-11d 26` 58.923h 28m 05.14
238 G. Aqr937.25-09d 15` 57.723h 29m 00.69
24 Aquarii143.43-00d 03` 04.121h 39m 31.39
240 G. Aqr1503.06-06d 17` 16.823h 31m 01.15
241 G. Aqr85.18-04d 05` 13.023h 31m 31.40
246 G. Aqr371.48-15d 14` 44.923h 34m 49.33
248 G. Aqr470.65-07d 27` 52.123h 35m 32.07
25 Aquarii226.50+02d 14` 37.521h 39m 33.28
251 G. Aqr386.45-15d 05` 41.423h 38m 02.98
255 G. Aqr349.21-11d 40` 50.423h 41m 08.87
258 G. Aqr270.00-15d 26` 52.723h 42m 27.81
26 Aquarii1117.00+01d 17` 07.021h 42m 10.12
264 G. Aqr305.11-11d 54` 39.223h 47m 15.94
266 G. Aqr392.02-15d 51` 40.323h 49m 31.58
268 G. Aqr297.32-09d 58` 27.623h 50m 14.65
269 G. Aqr454.90-14d 24` 05.223h 50m 33.26
271 G. Aqr281.66-14d 15` 04.323h 52m 30.05
274 G. Aqr287.37-24d 13` 45.223h 53m 20.81
28 Aquarii715.27+00d 36` 17.122h 01m 05.01
29 Aquarii881.52-16d 57` 53.422h 02m 26.25
3 Aquarii585.57-05d 01` 39.420h 47m 44.24
30 Aquarii303.69-06d 31` 20.722h 03m 16.43
32 Aquarii222.18-00d 54` 22.522h 04m 47.43
34 G. Aqr1630.82-00d 55` 29.121h 02m 59.62
35 Aquarii2329.74-18d 31` 10.522h 08m 58.99
37 Aquarii448.64-10d 49` 13.722h 10m 31.74
38 Aquarii449.88-11d 33` 53.922h 10m 37.46
38 G. Aqr394.87+02d 16` 11.821h 04m 45.32
39 Aquarii137.16-14d 11` 37.822h 12m 25.74
4 Aquarii198.03-05d 37` 35.920h 51m 25.69
41 Aquarii233.47-21d 04` 28.922h 14m 18.02
42 Aquarii586.62-12d 49` 53.222h 16m 48.04
44 Aquarii309.16-05d 23` 14.022h 17m 06.50
45 Aquarii369.80-13d 18` 17.922h 19m 00.70
47 Aquarii171.03-21d 35` 52.922h 21m 35.58
49 Aquarii261.98-24d 45` 45.622h 23m 30.79
49 G. Aqr337.99-09d 21` 14.221h 10m 46.87
5 Aquarii649.73-05d 30` 25.420h 52m 08.69
50 Aquarii458.09-13d 31` 45.922h 24m 27.03
51 Aquarii405.68-04d 50` 13.222h 24m 06.87
53 Aquarii65.89-16d 44` 31.722h 26m 34.15
55 G. Aqr682.35-01d 36` 27.821h 16m 39.46
56 Aquarii630.88-14d 35` 08.322h 30m 17.33
57 G. Aqr633.33-13d 16` 44.321h 17m 13.54
58 Aquarii233.47-10d 54` 19.722h 31m 41.28
60 Aquarii347.72-01d 34` 27.022h 34m 02.89
61 Aquarii486.81-17d 27` 37.122h 35m 48.82
66 Aquarii433.15-18d 49` 49.122h 43m 35.25
67 Aquarii372.33-06d 57` 46.522h 43m 14.25
68 Aquarii254.02-19d 36` 46.322h 47m 33.19
7 Aquarii546.34-09d 41` 51.120h 56m 54.03
7 G. Aqr780.30-02d 29` 12.720h 47m 03.57
70 Aquarii364.02-10d 33` 19.822h 48m 30.19
72 G. Aqr242.14+00d 32` 03.521h 25m 51.55
74 Aquarii825.73-11d 36` 59.522h 53m 28.69
74 G. Aqr161.47+01d 06` 13.521h 26m 27.99
77 Aquarii134.33-16d 16` 18.322h 54m 45.60
78 Aquarii672.50-07d 12` 16.322h 54m 34.13
80 G. Aqr418.16-03d 58` 59.921h 35m 17.63
81 Aquarii494.94-07d 03` 40.123h 01m 23.65
82 Aquarii1456.09-06d 34` 26.123h 02m 32.56
83 Aquarii209.48-07d 41` 37.723h 05m 09.71
86 Aquarii216.29-23d 44` 35.223h 06m 40.81
88 Aquarii270.67-21d 10` 20.923h 09m 26.76
89 Aquarii504.12-22d 27` 27.323h 09m 54.88
89 G. Aqr226.98-05d 55` 00.621h 47m 38.20
94 Aquarii68.88-13d 27` 30.423h 19m 06.51
94 G. Aqr292.52-04d 16` 33.421h 54m 10.34
96 Aquarii111.43-05d 07` 27.523h 19m 23.86
96 G. Aqr175.92-05d 25` 28.821h 58m 13.28
97 Aquarii213.18-15d 02` 21.823h 22m 39.10
98 Aquarii163.41-20d 06` 01.223h 22m 58.30
98 G. Aqr120.31-04d 22` 21.021h 58m 54.99
99 Aquarii283.37-20d 38` 30.723h 26m 02.82
Albali207.75-09d 29` 44.520h 47m 40.53
Ancha187.45-07d 46` 59.722h 16m 49.97
Chi Aquarii613.09-07d 43` 35.323h 16m 50.95
DV Aquarii284.36-14d 28` 59.120h 58m 41.87
Ekchusis385.08-07d 34` 46.822h 52m 36.86
EW Aquarii409.24-14d 28` 20.621h 11m 41.31
Gliese 88449.43-16d 50` 42.423h 32m 49.19
Gliese 89826.80-22d 31` 28.223h 00m 16.69
Hydria167.87-00d 07` 02.522h 35m 21.33
Iota Aquarii175.17-13d 52` 10.322h 06m 26.21
IZ Aquarii901.00+01d 49` 45.121h 34m 42.76
LP Aquarii688.11-05d 06` 06.622h 42m 05.99
Mu Aquarii157.26-08d 58` 59.720h 52m 39.21
Nu Aquarii159.34-11d 22` 18.021h 09m 35.59
Omega1 Aquarii142.18-14d 13` 19.423h 39m 47.04
Omega2 Aquarii148.53-14d 32` 41.123h 42m 43.28
Omicron Aquarii435.47-02d 09` 19.222h 03m 18.83
Phi Aquarii202.08-06d 02` 54.723h 14m 19.33
Pi Aquarii782.17+01d 22` 38.622h 25m 16.61
Psi1 Aquarii149.82-09d 05` 15.723h 15m 53.28
Psi2 Aquarii401.68-09d 10` 57.023h 17m 54.20
Psi3 Aquarii261.56-09d 36` 38.623h 18m 57.65
R Aquarii1181.75-15d 17` 03.923h 43m 49.44
Rho Aquarii881.52-07d 49` 16.022h 20m 11.91
Sadachbia163.74-01d 23` 14.522h 21m 39.30
Sadalmelik523.54-00d 19` 11.422h 05m 47.03
Sadalsuud537.34-05d 34` 16.221h 31m 33.52
Sigma Aquarii289.67-10d 40` 40.422h 30m 38.82
Situla213.88-04d 13` 39.922h 37m 45.42
Skat160.59-15d 49` 14.722h 54m 39.04
Sneden's Star-16 d 39` 2622h 17m 1.5
Tau1 Aquarii317.59-14d 03` 23.122h 47m 42.75
Tau2 Aquarii317.59-13d 35` 33.122h 49m 35.51
Upsilon Aquarii73.98-20d 42` 28.322h 34m 41.50
Xi Aquarii178.62-07d 51` 14.921h 37m 45.04
Zeta Aquarii91.88-00d 01` 12.222h 28m 49.80



Objects of Interest (Galaxies, Nebulas, Supernovas, etc) in Aquarius


NameTypeDistanceDeclinationRight Ascension
M2 Globular ClusterGlobular Cluster33-00:4921h 33m 5
M72 Globular ClusterGlobular Cluster53.40-55.74-12:3220h 53m 5
M73 System of 4 StarsSystem of 4 Stars~2.5-12:3820h 58m 9

Aquarius Constellation's Star Breakdown


Type Breakdown


TypeDescriptionCount
KLight Orange Star 3,700 - 5,200k718
FYellow-White 6,000 - 7,500k491
GYellow 5,200 - 6,000k433
AWhite 7,500 - 10,000k256
MRed Dwarf Star <3,700k97
BBlue-White 10,500 - 30,000k44
OBlue Star >33,000k1

Size Breakdown


TypeDescriptionCount
VMain Sequence450
IIINormal Giant430
IVSubgiant110
IIBright Giant7
IbLess Luminous Supergiant6
PPulsar1
DDwarf Star1

Breakdown of Dwarf Stars by Type


TypeDescriptionCount
sdsd Type SubDwarf Star2

Breakdown of Carbon Stars by Type


TypeDescriptionCount
SS-Type Carbon Star3
RR-Type Carbon Star2
CC-Type Carbon Star1


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