The prominent Y-shaped asterism called the "Water Jar" (or "Urn") of Aquarius, the Water Bearer, is in the middle of the picture and is made of a "Y" of stars with Zeta Aquarii) at the center. The faintest, Seat (Pi) is at the upper right of the Jar; Eta is at left, Sadachbia (Gamma) at lower right. Sadalmelik, Aquarius's Alpha star, is immediately to the right of the Water Jar, just to the right of center, and is tied for the brightest star in the image. The other bright star, just below center near the right-hand edge of the picture, is Sadalsuud, Beta Aquarii. Hydor (Lambda) is the brightest star down and to the left of the asterism. The promient trio of stars near the lower left corner are (from left to right) Psi-3, Psi-2, and Psi-1. Directly above them lie Chi and Phi Aquarii. Albali, Epsilon Aqr (along with Mu and Nu Aquarii), lies above western Capricornus off the picture to the right. Nu and 53 Aqr also appear on the image of Capricornus shifted east. Part of the "Circlet" of Pisces lies at left.

To see a labelled image, push the star:

Aquarius has a star with an orbiting PLANET.

For more on Aquarius, see Watering the Goat at Stellar Stories.

By Jim Kaler. Return to STARS.