Constellation The Serpent

Serpens (The Serpent): gift, map and visability

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

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

Serpens represents a huge snake held by the constellation Ophiuchus. In terms of its shape, the constellation somewhat resembles the constellation of Hydra, on which it is loosely based, but with the major difference being that Serpens has a distinct “head”, whereas Hydra has no such mark. The constellation’s brightest stellar object, Unukalhai, is a giant orange star around 75 light years from Earth. Eighteen main stars make up the shape.

Serpens Constellation Map

Serpens Constellation Map
Serpens icon

Main Stars in The Serpent (Serpens)

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

  • Unukalhai
  • Eta Serpentis
  • Mu Serpentis
  • Xi Serpentis
  • Beta Serpentis
  • Epsilon Serpentis
  • Gliese 710

Some of the deep sky objects which have been discovered in Serpens include: Messier 5, The Eagle Nebula, IC 4703, Seyfert’s Sextet, Red Square Nebula, Hoag's Object, Blinking Galaxy.

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