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Aquila – The Eagle

Aquila is one of the 88 constellations within the celestial sphere.

Aquila is one of the 42 constellations that represents an animal.

Symbolism: Aquila is also known as ‘The Eagle’


History & Mythology

In Greek mythology, Aquila represents an Eagle associated with the god Zeus. The Eagle appears to be swopping down towards constellation Aquarius.  Aquila is one of the original constellations that straddles the celestial equator. Easily stopped by its brightest star Aquila, that in Arabic means Flying Eagle.  


Key Data

Bordering Constellations: Aquila is bordered by constellations Delphinus, Aquarius, Capricornus, Sagittarius, Scutum, SerpensHercules & Sagitta.

Sky Chart #: 4.

Star Raking: 22nd largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars:  Aquila consists of 10 main stars.

Brightest Star: Atlair.


Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. Aquila has 9 stars with planets.

# 2. Aquila has 2 Deep-Sky Objects. NGC 6709 & NGC 6751.

# 3. Altair is the brightest star in Aquila.


Q&A Corner

Q. What is Aquila also known as?

Q. How many main stars does Aquila have?

Q. What is the brightest star in Aquila?

Q. How many stars have planets in Aquila?

Q. How many deep sky objects are there in Aquila?

Download questions about the Aquila Constellation here: Aquila Constellation (answers are on this page)

Teachers. For more in depth work sheets on constellations. Click on Kidskonnect Worksheets  

For further reading and more information on the Aquila Constellation visit

  Key Vocabulary Constellation. Star. Celestial. Sphere.


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