Sagitta, a Constellation

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Sagitta, which means “the arrow” in Latin, is a constellation that can be found from all places on Earth, excluding the Antarctic Circle, at approximately +90° and -70°. It is located in the fourth quadrant of the northern hemisphere, inside the Milky Way, and can best be seen in the months of August and September at approximately 9:00 PM. Sagitta was first discovered by the renowned Greek astronomer, Ptolemy, in the second century. It is considered “ancient,” for it is one of the oldest recognized constellations. Being the third smallest of the 88 known constellations, Sagitta has no stars brighter than fourth magnitude, however this constellation is composed of the Gamma Sagittae, Delta Sagittae, Alpha Sagittae, Beta Sagittae, 15 Sagittae, Sham-Alpha Sagittae, Zeta Sagittae, Eta Sagittae, Epsilon Sagittae, HD 231701 (the only known star with a planetary system in Sagitta and is 354 light years away), Theta Sagittae, S Sagittae, U Sagittae, and QZ Sagittae. Sagitta is extremely small, occupying an area of only 80 square degrees, however is bordered by Vulpecula, Delphinus, Hercules...

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