Sagittarius, a constellation
also known as the ARCHER.
[hide][top]How to Find the Constellation Sagittarius
Directly south from Vega and Altair and near the horizon we find the beautiful zodiac constellation Sagittarius. It is directly east from Scorpio
. The main part of this constellation is composed of seven bright stars
, six of which form two triangles both pointing downward and slightly eastward. These triangles may be imagined as suspended by a cord over the seventh star of the group, a little above and half way between them. A few other stars of this constellation are found northeastward from this group.
[hide][top]Constellation Sagittarius - They Myth
The stories of the Archer are very conflicting. We give the one accepted by the Greeks. The Archer is the famous Centaur Chiron, son of Saturn
. He was famous for his knowledge of music, medicine, and shooting, and he taught
mankind the use of plants and herbs. He was slain by Hercules
, according to Ovid, and Jupiter
placed him among the stars.