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Helix nebula

Helix nebular in Aquarius

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Aquarius is the 10th largest constellation in the sky, occupying an area of 980 square degrees.

Deep sky objects

Aquarius contains three deep sky objects that are in the Messier catalog: the globular clusters Messier 2, Messier 72, and the open cluster Messier 73. Two well-known planetary nebulae are located in Aquarius: the Saturn Nebula (NGC 7009), to the eastwest of μ Aquarii; and the famous Helix Nebula (NGC 7293), southwest of δ Aquarii.

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