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IAU: Sagitta

Profile / Characteristics

English translationLatin declination and pronunciationsSize/ °²# stars
the ArrowSagitta – suh-JIT-uh
Sagittae – suh-JIT-ee

Ancient Globes

Farnese Globe

Kugel Globe

Mainz Globe

missing (the area is covered by the Eagle but the Eagle does not carry it)

The Arrow is depicted next to the Bird (not next to the Eagle as usual).

carried by the Eagle

Ancient Lore & Meaning


English translation by Douglas Kidd (1997).
Aratus: Phaenomena, Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries, Series Number 34

Online available: translation by Mair (1921) 


French translation by:
Jordi Pàmias i Massana and Arnaud Zucker (2013). Ératosthènes de Cyrène – Catastérismes, Les Belles Lettres, Paris

English version in:
Robin Hard (2015): Eratosthenes and Hyginus Constellation Myths with Aratus’s Phaenomena, Oxford World’s Classics

Early Modern Interpretation


As one of their first tasks in the 1920s, the newly founded International Astronomical Union (IAU) established constellation standards. The Belgian astronomer Eugène Delporte was assigned to the task to define borders of constellations parallel to lines of declination and right ascension. They were accepted by the General Assembly in 1928. The standardized names and abbreviations had already been accepted in 1922 and 1925.  

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