SAGITTARIUS, is a summer constellation of the Northern Hemisphere. One of the 12 signs of the zodiac, it lies across the ecliptic between the other signsCapricornus and Scorpius. In Greek mythology the constellation represented the learned centaur Chiron, depicted as an archer aiming his arrow toward Scorpius.

Part of Sagittarius has a dipperlike shape and has come to be known as the "Milk Dipper" because it lies next to the Milky Way. Sagittarius is fairly conspicuous even though its two brightest stars, Kaus Australis and Nunki, have magnitudes of only 1.95 and 2.14, respectively.

The western region of the constellation is of particular interest because the Milky Way in that area represents the central regions of our galaxy. Numerous globular and open clusters of stars that surround the galactic center can be observed there, including M17, M18, and M23.

To the east, M55 is a globular cluster that is bright enough to be observed with the naked eye. The constellation also includes several famous nebulosities, such as M8, the Lagoon Nebula; M17, the Omega, or Horseshoe, Nebula; and M20, the Trifid Nebula. Also located in Sagittarius is the point at which the sun's path reaches its greatest yearly angular distance south of the equator-that is, the Northern
Hemisphere's winter solstice, about December 21.





































Understanding Sagittarius

This Sun sign is probably the most delightful and charming companion that you will find. (EDITOR'S NOTE: Unless you're a Virgo, then, chances are a Sagittarian will seriously frighten you.)

Sagittarius is not only out to enjoy life, but is imaginative and fun loving. One of their best traits is a good sense of humor. Always filled with new ideas and enthusiastic about each of them, the sign of the archer is ambitious, generous, and most of all freedom-loving. Drawn to the excitement, passion, and the adventure of romance, this free spirit might find domesticity to be boring. The Sagittarian considers love a challenge, as well as an adventure. Planning a date with a Sagittarius is easy. You do not have to go out of your way to impress them.

They will enjoy almost anything, anywhere. While on a date with a Sagittarian you shouldn't have any trouble striking up a conversation as they have a variety of interests. The Sagittarian is intellectually stimulating and fascinating to talk with.

You may soon discover that they can be direct and straightforward. On the most part, they say what they feel, regardless of how it may sound. No harm intended though, they would never hurt anyone on purpose.

Their main objective in a relationship is loyalty to their partner. However, if you're looking for a homebody, or you're the jealous type, then you might want to look else where.

They will not tolerate being trapped into anything that will infringe upon their freedom of adventure. Once they find a compatible partner, the deep passions that are hidden beneath the surface will be unlocked. Life will never be boring for you from that moment on.