Sea (astronomy)

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The Sea or the Water is an area of the sky in which many water-related, and few land-related, constellations occur. This may be because the Sun passed through this part of the sky during the rainy season.[1]

Most of these constellations are named by Ptolemy:

Sometimes included are the ship Argo and Crater the Water Cup.

Some water-themed constellations are newer, so are not in this region. They include Hydrus, the lesser water snake; Volans, the flying fish; and Dorado, the swordfish.

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  1. ^ Olcott, William T. (1911). Star lore of all ages: a collection of myths, legends, and facts concerning the constellations of the Northern hemisphere. New York and London: G.P. Putnam's Sons. p. 31. Retrieved 2009-11-15.