Constellation The Serpent Bearer

Ophiuchus (The Serpent Bearer): gift, map and visability

  • Meaning: The Serpent Bearer
  • Best seen in: July
  • Family: Hercules
  • Latitude: +80° to -80°

Ophiuchus or The Serpent Bearer is one of the 88 constellations modern astronomers have divided the sky into. It's part of the Hercules constellation family. Ophiuchus is best seen in July (from latitudes +80° to -80°).

Ophiuchus represents a man with a snake coiled around his waist. He holds the head of the snake in his left hand and its tail in his right hand. The snake is the constellation Serpens. It has 22 main stars with a special nebula called the Dark Horse. It got its name from its resemblance to the silhouette of a horse. In Greek Myth, Asclepius, a healer, was killed when Zeus thought he would make the human race immortal. Zeus placed his image in the sky.

Ophiuchus Constellation Map

Ophiuchus Constellation Map
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Main Stars in The Serpent Bearer (Ophiuchus)

The constellation Ophiuchus contains several bright stars that make up its shape. Some of these main stars are known as:

  • Rasalhague
  • Sabik
  • Zeta Ophiuchi
  • Yed Prior
  • Celbalrai
  • Kappa Ophiuchi
  • Barnard's Star

Some of the deep sky objects which have been discovered in Ophiuchus include: Messier 9, Barnard 68, Little Ghost Nebula, Dark Horse Nebula, Pipe Nebula, Snake Nebula, Twin Jet Nebula.

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