Aquarius, the Waterbearer. If you look closely, you may see what looks like a boy dangling down from the sky.
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Aquarius is also known as the Waterbearer. There are several myths about this constellation. In Greek mythology, Aquarius was the young boy, Ganymede. Zeus sent Aquila to kidnap Ganymede. The boy became the cupbearer for the gods at Mount Olympus.
If you live below the equator, you can see this constellation during the fall. If you live above the equator, look for Aquarius in the spring. Have you looked at the picture? Can you make out the shape of the boy? Imagine the head is on the right end. The legs on the other end are bent, and hanging down in the middle are his arms!
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