|Meaning in English||the Water-bearer|
|Right ascension||23 h|
|Visible to latitude||Between 65° and -90°|
|On meridian||9 p.m., October 10|
980 sq. deg.
|Number of stars with|
apparent magnitude < 3
- Apparent magnitude
|Sadalsud[?] (β Aqr)|
Aquarius, the water bearer, is one of the most ancient constellations of the sky. It is found in a region often called the Sea[?] due to its profusion of watery constellations such as Cetus, Pisces, Eridanus, etc. Sometimes, the river Eridanus is depicted spilling from Aquarius' watering pot.
Some principal stars in Aquarius include:
The stars γ, ζ, η, and π Aquarii compose an asterism called the Urn, representing Aquarius' watering pot.
Two meteor showers originate in Aquarius: the Eta Aquarids (near May 4) and the Delta Aquarids (near June 28), both providing about 20 meteorites per hour.
Two planetary nebulae are found in Aquarius: NGC 7009, called the Saturn Nebula[?] due to its resemblance to the planet, to the southeast of η Aquarii; and NGC 7293, the famous Helix Nebula, southwest of δ Aquarii.
The constellation was immortalized in the 1960s, proclaimed the Age of Aquarius. However, there is no standard definition for astrological ages, so the age of Aquarius could begin in 2150[?] or even 2660[?], depending on the preferred definition.
Aquarius has been variously identified through the ages. The best-known myth identifies Aquarius with Ganymede, a beautiful boy with whom Zeus fell in love, and whom he carried off to Olympus to be cupbearer to the gods. Crater is sometimes identified as his cup.
The astrological sign Aquarius (January 20 - February 18) is associated with the constellation. In some cosmologies, Aquarius is associated with the Classical Element Air, and thus called an Air Sign (with Libra and Gemini). Its polar opposite is Leo.
It was released in June 1983, but production ceased the same year in October, because of poor sales.
Shortly after the release of the Aquarius, Mattel announced plans for another home computer, the Aquarius II, which was never commercialized.