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Sagittarius (Archer)

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The constellation's brighter stars (from left to right on the map: τ, ζ, ς, φ, λ, ε, δ, and γ2 Sagittarii) form an easily recognizable asterism known as 'the Teapot'. With 22 stars in this constellation known to have planets, Sagittarius has more known planetary host stars than any other constellation.

In Greek mythology, Sagittarius is identified as a centaur: half human, half horse. In some legends, the Centaur Chiron was the son of Philyra and Saturn, who was said to have changed himself into a horse to escape his jealous wife, Rhea.

Neighbouring Constellations

Scorpius (Scorpion)

Serpens (Serpent)

Aquila (Eagle)

Capricornus (Capricorn)

Corona Australis (Southern Crown)

Indus (Indian)

Ophiuchus (Ophiuchus)

Picture of Sagittarius