the Archer

An ancient constellation and one of the twelve constellations of the Zodiac. Sagittarius is the second constellation that is depicted as a centaur, a creature that is half-horse and half-man. The other constellation is Centaurus. Often the mythology of the two constellations is confused, Centaurus is supposed to be the wise and benevolent centaur Chiron, while Sagittarius is a more aggressive and warlike archer centaur. The shape of the centaur is difficult to see in Sagittarius, however the main stars do create the pattern of a teapot. This constellation can be found to the east of Scorpius. It never rises very high above the horizon for most observers in the United States. For those living in the most northerly latitudes the entire constellation will be difficult to see, with only the teapot asterism becoming clearly visible.