10 Facts about Sagittarius Constellation

Post On: April 22, 2017
By: Ramli

Facts about Sagittarius Constellation will impress the readers about a constellation of zodiac. The modern version enlists 88 constellations where Sagittarius is included as a part of the list.   The constellation was also enlisted by Ptolemy in his list of 48 constellations. The symbol of Sagittarius is an arrow.  The name is taken from Latin, which means the archer. The prevalent representation of Sagittarius is seen with a centaur pulling back a bow.

Facts about Sagittarius Constellation 1: Epsilon Sagittarii

Epsilon Sagittarii is the brightest star in Sagittarius constellation. It sits at the magnitude of 1.85.

Facts about Sagittarius Constellation 2: the second brightest star

The second brightest star in Sagittarius constellation is Sigma Sagittarii. It sits at the magnitude of 2.08. It is also called Nunki.

Facts about Sagittarius Constellation

Facts about Sagittarius Constellation

Facts about Sagittarius Constellation 3: Nunki

It is believed that the oldest star name used in the current days is Nunki.  The origin of the name probably was derived from the name of a sacred city in Babylonia.

Facts about Sagittarius Constellation 4: other stars

Sagittarius constellation features a number of stars. They also include Eta Sagittarii, Delta Sagittarii and Zeta Sagittarii. The latter one is double stars, which can be found at magnitudes 3.3 and 3.5.

Sagittarius Constellation Facts

Sagittarius Constellation Facts

Facts about Sagittarius Constellation 5: Delta Sagittarii

The location of Delta Sagittarii from earth is only measured at 85 light years.

Facts about Sagittarius Constellation 6: the triple system of star

Sagittarius constellation also features of a triple star system. It is called Pi Sagittarii. The magnitudes 3.7, 3.8 and 6.0 feature the component of Sagittarius constellation.

Sagittarius Constellation

Sagittarius Constellation

Facts about Sagittarius Constellation 7: Nova Sagittarii 2015 No. 2

On 15th March 2015, John Seach discovered Nova Sagittarii 2015 No. 2. Before it faded away, this star was at magnitude 4.3. It sits at the center of Sagittarius constellation.

Facts about Sagittarius Constellation 8:  the location of Sagittarius

Sagittarius has many star clusters and nebulae because of its proximity with the Milky Way.

Constellation Sagittarius

Constellation Sagittarius

Facts about Sagittarius Constellation 9: the prominent nebulae

The prominent nebulae located in Sagittarius constellation include the Trifid Nebula, the Horseshoe Nebula, the Lagoon Nebula and the Lagoon Nebula.

Facts about Sagittarius Constellation 10: Lagoon Nebula

Lagoon Nebula and earth are 5,000 light-years apart. This emission nebula is often spotted in pink color in many photos. It sits at the magitude 3.0. When you see it using a telescope, it has grey color.

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