The Aquila Constellation

The Celestial Eagle

By Kaijia

How To Find Aquila

The Aquila Constellation occupies an area of 652 square degrees and contains six stars with known planets. It can be seen at latitude between +85 and -75 and is best visible at 9 p.m. During the month of August. It is one of the constellation with bright stars forming the summer triangle, an imaginary triangle drawn between, Altair in Aquila, Deneb in Cygnus and Vega in Lyra constellation.


Yes. It is a part of the summer triangle Asterism
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Myth About the Aquila.The Eagle who held Zeus's Lightning bolt


The constellation was also known as Vultur volans (the flying vulture) to the Romans, not to be confused with Vultur cadens which was their name for Lyra. It is often held to represent the eagle who held Zeus's/Jupiter's thunderbolts in Greco-Roman mythology. Aquila is also associated with the eagle who kidnapped Ganymede, a son of one of the kings of Troy (associated with Aquarius), to Mount Olympus to serve as cup-bearer to the gods.

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Fun Fact

1. The spacecraft Pioneer 11 will pass the Aquila constellation in around 4 million year.

2. Altair is one of the three brightest stars in the summer night sky.

3. Two ships in the US navy is named Aquila (AK-47) and the (PHM-4)

4. Coincidentally, a character in the Assassin's Creed video game series (Altair) is an ancestor of the series protagonist, Desmond Miles. Aquila is the name of the in-game ship captained by Connor Kenway in Assassin's Creed III.