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Serpens
Serpens
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Abbreviation Ser
Genitive Serpentis
Symbology the Snake
Right ascension Serpens Caput: 16 h
Serpens Cauda: 18 h
Declination Serpens Caput: +10°
Serpens Cauda: −5°
Area 637 sq. deg.
Ranked 23rd
Number of stars
(magnitude < 3)
1
Brightest star α Ser (Unukalhai)
(App. magnitude 2.63)
Meteor showers
Bordering
constellations

Serpens Caput:
This is a celestial map of the constellation Serpens, the Snake (both parts). ... The genitive case is a grammatical case that indicates a relationship, primarily one of possession, between the noun in the genitive case and another noun. ... Superfamilies and Families Henophidia Aniliidae Anomochilidae Boidae Bolyeriidae Cylindrophiidae Loxocemidae Pythonidae Tropidophiidae Uropeltidae Xenopeltidae Typhlopoidea Anomalepididae Leptotyphlopidae Typhlopidae Xenophidia Acrochordidae Atractaspididae Colubridae Elapidae Hydrophiidae Viperidae Snakes (from Old English snaca, and ultimately from PIE base *snag- or *sneg-, to crawl), also known as ophidians, are cold blooded legless reptiles closely... Right ascension (RA; symbol α: Greek letter alpha) is the astronomical term for one of the two coordinates of a point on the celestial sphere when using the equatorial coordinate system. ... In astronomy, declination (dec) is one of the two coordinates of the equatorial coordinate system, the other being either right ascension or hour angle. ... Here is a list of the 88 modern constellations by their area in the sky, measured in square degrees. ... // Headline text HEY!! HOW ARE YOU ALL?? Its nice of you to come read this page. ... Alpha Serpentis (α Ser / α Serpentis) is a triple star system in the constellation Serpens. ... // Headline text HEY!! HOW ARE YOU ALL?? Its nice of you to come read this page. ... Leonid Meteor Shower From earliest times, humankind has noticed flurries of meteors that seemed to emanate from particular points in the sky at particular times of the year. ...

Serpens Cauda:
Corona Borealis (Latin for northern crown) is a small northern constellation whose main stars form a semicircular arc. ... Boötes, a name deriving from Egypt, is one of the 88 modern constellations and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy. ... Virgo (Latin for virgin, symbol , Unicode ♍) is a constellation of the zodiac. ... Libra (Latin for balance, symbol , Unicode ) is a constellation of the zodiac. ... Ophiuchus (known as the serpent holder) is one of the 88 constellations, and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. ... Hercules is the fifth largest of the 88 modern constellations. ...

Visible at latitudes between +80° and −80°
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of July

Serpens (the snake) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. Among the modern constellations it is unique in being split into two pieces, Serpens Caput (representing the head of the snake) to the west and Serpens Cauda (representing the tail) to the east. Between these two pieces lies the constellation of Ophiuchus, the serpent holder. Aquila (Latin for Eagle), is one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy and is now also part of the list of 88 constellations acknowledged by the IAU. It lies roughly at the celestial equator. ... Ophiuchus (known as the serpent holder) is one of the 88 constellations, and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. ... Sagittarius (Latin for Archer, symbol , Unicode ♐) is a constellation of the zodiac, commonly depicted as a centaur drawing a bow. ... Scutum (Latin for shield) is a small constellation. ... Orion is a remarkable constellation, visible from most places on the globe at one time or another during the year. ... Claudius Ptolemaeus (Greek: ; c. ... Ophiuchus (known as the serpent holder) is one of the 88 constellations, and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. ...

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Notable features

Since Serpens is regarded as one constellation despite being split into two halves, the ordering of Bayer designations goes in order of brightness among both constellations. Many of the brighter stars are given names which are known as Bayer designations. ...


Only one of the stars in Serpens is brighter than third magnitude, so the constellation is not easy to perceive. α Serpentis, named Unukalhai, is in the head part. δ Serpentis, also in the head, is a double star only 27 light-years from Earth. θ Serpentis, in the tail, is also double. // Headline text HEY!! HOW ARE YOU ALL?? Its nice of you to come read this page. ... Alpha Serpentis (α Ser / α Serpentis) is a triple star system in the constellation Serpens. ... Delta Serpentis (δ Ser / δ Serpentis) is a star system in the constellation Serpens. ... Theta Serpentis (θ Ser / θ Serpentis) is a star system in the constellation Serpens. ...


Stars in the head include α, β, γ, δ, ε, ι, κ, λ, μ, π, ρ, σ, τ, χ and ω Serpentis. Stars in the tail include ζ, η, θ, ν, ξ, and ο Serpentis. Alpha Serpentis (α Ser / α Serpentis) is a triple star system in the constellation Serpens. ... Beta Serpentis (β Ser / β Serpentis) is a star system in the constellation Serpens. ... Gamma Serpentis (γ Ser / γ Serpentis) is a star in the constellation Serpens. ... Delta Serpentis (δ Ser / δ Serpentis) is a star system in the constellation Serpens. ... Epsilon Serpentis (ε Ser / ε Serpentis) is a star in the constellation Serpens. ... Iota Serpentis (ι Ser / ι Serpentis) is a star system in the constellation Serpens. ... Kappa Serpentis (κ Ser / κ Serpentis) is a star in the constellation Serpens. ... Lambda Serpentis (λ Ser / λ Serpentis) is a star in the constellation Serpens. ... Mu Serpentis (μ Ser / μ Serpentis) is a star in the constellation Serpens. ... Pi Serpentis (Ï€ Ser / Ï€ Serpentis) is a star in the constellation Serpens. ... Rho Serpentis (ρ Ser / ρ Serpentis) is a star in the constellation Serpens. ... Sigma Serpentis (σ Ser / σ Serpentis) is a star in the constellation Serpens. ... The Bayer designation Tau Serpentis (Ï„ Ser / Ï„ Serpentis) is shared by a collection of eight stars, Ï„1 Serpentis through Ï„8 Serpentis, in the head of the constellation Serpens. ... Chi Serpentis (χ Ser / χ Serpentis) is a star in the constellation Serpens. ... Omega Serpentis (ω Ser / ω Serpentis) is a star in the constellation Serpens. ... Zeta Serpentis (ζ Ser / ζ Serpentis) is a star in the constellation Serpens. ... Eta Serpentis (η Ser / η Serpentis) is a binary star in the constellation Serpens. ... Theta Serpentis (θ Ser / θ Serpentis) is a star system in the constellation Serpens. ... Nu Serpentis (ν Ser / ν Serpentis) is a binary star in the constellation Serpens. ... Xi Serpentis (ξ Ser / ξ Serpentis) is a triple star system in the constellation Serpens. ... Omicron Serpentis (ο Ser / ο Serpentis) is a star in the constellation Serpens. ...


Notable deep-sky objects

M5, a globular cluster approximately 8° southwest of α Serpentis in the head, is among the most beautiful in the sky. Globular Cluster M5 (also known as Messier Object 5, Messier 5, M5, or NGC 5904) is a globular cluster in the Serpens constellation. ... A globular cluster is a spherical bundle of stars (star cluster) that orbits a galaxy as a satellite. ...


M16 is a young open cluster associated with the Eagle Nebula, a diffuse nebula which is a region of current star formation in the tail. Perhaps one of the most famous and easily recognized space objects, the Eagle Nebula (also known as Messier Object 16, M16 or NGC 6611) is a young open cluster of stars in the constellation Serpens. ... An open cluster is a group of up to a few thousand stars that were formed from the same giant molecular cloud, and are still loosely gravitationally bound to each other. ... Perhaps one of the most famous and easily recognized space objects, the Eagle Nebula (also known as Messier Object 16, M16 or NGC 6611) is a young open cluster of stars in the constellation Serpens. ... In astronomy, diffuse nebulae is the common term for both reflection nebulae and emission nebulae. ...


Part of the Milky Way passes through the tail, as illustrated by the shaded regions of the star map. Note: This article contains special characters. ...


Mythology

Serpens is the snake being grasped by Ophiuchus, the Snake-Handler, and is thus very closely associated with it. Both were listed as constellations by Ptolemy. Originally, Serpens and Ophiuchus were considered a single Snake-Holder constellation, out of which developed an associated myth of the founding of medicine. Ophiuchus (known as the serpent holder) is one of the 88 constellations, and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. ...




Notable and named stars

BD F Names and other designations Mag. Ly away Comments
α 24 Alpha Serpentis, Unukalhai, Unukalhay, Unuk al Hay, Unuk Elhai, Unuk, Cor Serpentis 2.63 73.2
  • عنق الحية cunuq[u] al-ħayya[h] [The] neck of the snake
  • cor serpentis The heart of the snake
η 58 Eta Serpentis 3.23 61.8
μ 32 Mu Serpentis 3.54 156
ξ 55 Xi Serpentis 3.54 105
β 28 Beta Serpentis, Chow 3.65 153
  • 周 (Mandarin zhōu) The Zhou dynasty
ε 37 Epsilon Serpentis 3.71 70.3
δ 13 Delta Serpentis 3.80 210
γ 41 Gamma Serpentis 3.85 36.3
θ1,2 63 Theta Serpentis, Alya, Alga 4.03 132
  •  ? al-alyah The fatty-tail sheep?
κ 35 Kappa Serpentis 4.09 348
ο 56 Omicron Serpentis 4.24 168
ν 53 Nu Serpentis 4.32 193
λ 27 Lambda Serpentis 4.42 38.3
ι 21 Iota Serpentis 4.51 192
ζ 57 Zeta Serpentis 4.62 75.7
ρ 38 Rho Serpentis 4.74 395
π 44 Pi Serpentis 4.82 177
σ 50 Sigma Serpentis 4.82 89.2
5 5 Serpentis 5.04
b 36 36 Serpentis 5.09
10 10 Serpentis 5.15
τ1 9 Tau-1 Serpentis 5.16 920
ω 34 Omega Serpentis 5.21 263
d 59 59 Serpentis 5.21
16 16 Serpentis 5.26
3 3 Serpentis 5.32
χ 20 Chi Serpentis 5.34 228
6 6 Serpentis 5.35
c 60 60 Serpentis 5.38
25 25 Serpentis 5.39
11 11 Serpentis 5.50
M 1 1 Serpentis 5.51
30 30 Serpentis 5.53
φ Phi Serpentis 5.54 227
64 64 Serpentis 5.56
62 62 Serpentis 5.58
4 4 Serpentis 5.62
45 45 Serpentis 5.63
47 47 Serpentis 5.69
υ 31 Upsilon Serpentis 5.71 252
2 2 Serpentis 5.71
e e Serpentis 5.76
τ7 22 Tau-7 Serpentis 5.80 174
ψ 23 Psi Serpentis 5.86 47.9
τ5 18 Tau-5 Serpentis 5.93 160
61 61 Serpentis 5.93
τ6 19 Tau-6 Serpentis 6.00 451
39 39 Serpentis 6.07
43 43 Serpentis 6.07
τ3 15 Tau-3 Serpentis 6.10 414
8 8 Serpentis 6.11
τ8 26 Tau-8 Serpentis 6.15 321
τ2 12 Tau-2 Serpentis 6.22 431
40 40 Serpentis 6.28
7 7 Serpentis 6.29
τ4 17 Tau-4 Serpentis 6.51 520
14 14 Serpentis 6.51
49 49 Serpentis 6.68
46 46 Serpentis 6.74
HD 168443 6.92 123.5
  • has 2 planets
HD 168746 7.95 140.6
  • has a planet
Gliese 710 9.66 63.0
  • future encounter at 1.1 ly

Source: The Bright Star Catalogue, 5th Revised Ed., The Hipparcos Catalogue, ESA SP-1200 Many of the brighter stars are given names which are known as Bayer designations. ... Flamsteed designations for stars are similar to Bayer designations, except that they use numbers instead of Greek letters. ... The International Astronomical Union (IAU) is the internationally recognised authority for assigning designations to stars (and other celestial bodies). ... // Headline text HEY!! HOW ARE YOU ALL?? Its nice of you to come read this page. ... A light year, abbreviated ly, is the distance light travels in one year: roughly 9. ... Alpha Serpentis (α Ser / α Serpentis) is a triple star system in the constellation Serpens. ... Eta Serpentis (η Ser / η Serpentis) is a binary star in the constellation Serpens. ... Mu Serpentis (μ Ser / μ Serpentis) is a star in the constellation Serpens. ... Xi Serpentis (ξ Ser / ξ Serpentis) is a triple star system in the constellation Serpens. ... Beta Serpentis (β Ser / β Serpentis) is a star system in the constellation Serpens. ... Epsilon Serpentis (ε Ser / ε Serpentis) is a star in the constellation Serpens. ... Delta Serpentis (δ Ser / δ Serpentis) is a star system in the constellation Serpens. ... A Delta Scuti variable is a variable star which exhibits variations in its luminosity due to both radial and non-radial pulsations of the stars surface. ... Most stars are of almost constant luminosity. ... Gamma Serpentis (γ Ser / γ Serpentis) is a star in the constellation Serpens. ... Theta Serpentis (θ Ser / θ Serpentis) is a star system in the constellation Serpens. ... Kappa Serpentis (κ Ser / κ Serpentis) is a star in the constellation Serpens. ... Omicron Serpentis (ο Ser / ο Serpentis) is a star in the constellation Serpens. ... A Delta Scuti variable is a variable star which exhibits variations in its luminosity due to both radial and non-radial pulsations of the stars surface. ... Most stars are of almost constant luminosity. ... Nu Serpentis (ν Ser / ν Serpentis) is a binary star in the constellation Serpens. ... Lambda Serpentis (λ Ser / λ Serpentis) is a star in the constellation Serpens. ... Iota Serpentis (ι Ser / ι Serpentis) is a star system in the constellation Serpens. ... Zeta Serpentis (ζ Ser / ζ Serpentis) is a star in the constellation Serpens. ... Rho Serpentis (ρ Ser / ρ Serpentis) is a star in the constellation Serpens. ... Pi Serpentis (π Ser / π Serpentis) is a star in the constellation Serpens. ... Sigma Serpentis (σ Ser / σ Serpentis) is a star in the constellation Serpens. ... The Bayer designation Tau Serpentis (τ Ser / τ Serpentis) is shared by a collection of eight stars, τ1 Serpentis through τ8 Serpentis, in the head of the constellation Serpens. ... Omega Serpentis (ω Ser / ω Serpentis) is a star in the constellation Serpens. ... Chi Serpentis (χ Ser / χ Serpentis) is a star in the constellation Serpens. ... Alpha2 Canum Venaticorum variables are main sequence variable stars of spectral class B8p to A7p. ... Most stars are of almost constant luminosity. ... Phi Serpentis (φ Ser / φ Serpentis) is a star in the constellation Serpens. ... Upsilon Serpentis (υ Ser / υ Serpentis) is a star in the constellation Serpens. ... Epsilon Serpentis (ε Ser / ε Serpentis) is a star in the constellation Serpens. ... The Bayer designation Tau Serpentis (τ Ser / τ Serpentis) is shared by a collection of eight stars, τ1 Serpentis through τ8 Serpentis, in the head of the constellation Serpens. ... Psi Serpentis (ψ Ser / ψ Serpentis) is a star system in the constellation Serpens. ... The Bayer designation Tau Serpentis (τ Ser / τ Serpentis) is shared by a collection of eight stars, τ1 Serpentis through τ8 Serpentis, in the head of the constellation Serpens. ... The Bayer designation Tau Serpentis (τ Ser / τ Serpentis) is shared by a collection of eight stars, τ1 Serpentis through τ8 Serpentis, in the head of the constellation Serpens. ... The Bayer designation Tau Serpentis (τ Ser / τ Serpentis) is shared by a collection of eight stars, τ1 Serpentis through τ8 Serpentis, in the head of the constellation Serpens. ... The Bayer designation Tau Serpentis (τ Ser / τ Serpentis) is shared by a collection of eight stars, τ1 Serpentis through τ8 Serpentis, in the head of the constellation Serpens. ... The Bayer designation Tau Serpentis (τ Ser / τ Serpentis) is shared by a collection of eight stars, τ1 Serpentis through τ8 Serpentis, in the head of the constellation Serpens. ... The Bayer designation Tau Serpentis (τ Ser / τ Serpentis) is shared by a collection of eight stars, τ1 Serpentis through τ8 Serpentis, in the head of the constellation Serpens. ... Semiregular variable stars are giants or supergiants of intermediate and late spectral type showing considerable periodicity in their light changes, accompanied or sometimes interrupted by various irregularities. ... HD 168443 is a yellow dwarf star of (spectral type G5) about the mass of our Sun. ... HD 168746 is an 8th magnitude star in the constellation of Serpens. ... Gliese 710 is a red dwarf star in the constellation Serpens Cauda, with visual magnitude 9. ... A light year, abbreviated ly, is the distance light travels in one year: roughly 9. ...


See also


The 48 Constellations listed by Ptolemy Orion is a remarkable constellation, visible from most places on the globe at one time or another during the year. ... Claudius Ptolemaeus (Greek: ; c. ...

Andromeda | Aquarius | Aquila | Ara | Argo Navis | Aries | Auriga | Boötes | Cancer | Canis Major | Canis Minor | Capricornus | Cassiopeia | Centaurus | Cepheus | Cetus | Corona Australis | Corona Borealis | Corvus | Crater | Cygnus | Delphinus | Draco | Equuleus | Eridanus | Gemini | Hercules | Hydra | Leo | Lepus | Libra | Lupus | Lyra | Ophiuchus | Orion | Pegasus | Perseus | Pisces | Piscis Austrinus | Sagitta | Sagittarius | Scorpius | Serpens | Taurus | Triangulum | Ursa Major | Ursa Minor | Virgo


Andromeda is a constellation named for the princess Andromeda (which is Greek for Ruler over men), a character in Greek mythology. ... Aquarius (Latin for the Water-bearer or Cup-bearer, symbol , Unicode ♒) is the first sign of the zodiac, situated between Capricornus and Pisces. ... Aquila (Latin for Eagle), is one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy and is now also part of the list of 88 constellations acknowledged by the IAU. It lies roughly at the celestial equator. ... Ara (Latin for Altar) is a faint southerly constellation between the constellations Centaurus and Lupus. ... The constellation Argo Navis drawn by Johannes Hevelius in 1690 Argo Navis (or simply Argo) was a large southern constellation representing the Argo, the ship used by Jason and the Argonauts in Greek mythology. ... Aries (Latin for Ram, symbol , Unicode ♈) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Auriga (Latin for charioteer) is a northern constellation. ... Boötes, a name deriving from Egypt, is one of the 88 modern constellations and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy. ... In astronomy and astrology, Cancer (Latin for crab, symbol , Unicode ♋) is one of the twelve constellations of the zodiac. ... Canis Major (Latin for the greater dog) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also in Ptolemys list of 48 constellations. ... Canis Minor (Latin for little dog) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also in Ptolemys list of 48 constellations. ... Capricornus ( or , Unicode: ♑), a name meaning Horned Goat or That which has horns like a goats in Latin, is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Cassiopeia is a northern constellation which Greek mythology considered to represent a vain queen. ... Centaurus (Latin for centaur) was one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, and counts also among the 88 modern constellations. ... Cepheus is a northern constellation named after King Cepheus in Greek mythology, and is considered to represent a king. ... Cetus (a name from Greek mythology, referring to a Whale or Sea monster, see Ceto) is a constellation of the southern sky, in the region known as the Water, near other watery constellations like Aquarius, Pisces, and Eridanus. ... Corona Australis or Corona Austrina (Latin for Southern Crown) was one of Ptolemys 48 constellations, and also counts among the 88 modern constellations. ... Corona Borealis (Latin for northern crown) is a small northern constellation whose main stars form a semicircular arc. ... Corvus (Latin for Raven/Crow) is a small southern constellation with only 11 stars visible to the naked eye (brighter than magnitude 5. ... Crater (Latin for cup) is one of the 88 modern constellations and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. ... For other meanings of the word Cygnus, see Cygnus (disambiguation) Cygnus (from the Latin for swan) is a northern constellation. ... Delphinus, being Latin for Dolphin, is a rather small (ranked 69th) northern constellation very close to the celestial equator. ... Draco (Latin for Dragon) is a far northern constellation that is circumpolar for many northern hemisphere observers. ... Equuleus (Latin for horse-let (i. ... Eridanus is the sixth largest of the 88 modern constellations. ... Gemini (Latin for twins, symbol , Unicode ♊) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Hercules is the fifth largest of the 88 modern constellations. ... Hydra is the largest of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy. ... Leo (Latin for lion, symbol , Unicode ♌) is a constellation of the zodiac. ... Lepus (Latin for Hare) is a constellation, lying just south of Orion, and possibly representing a hare being chased by him. ... Libra (Latin for balance, symbol , Unicode ) is a constellation of the zodiac. ... Lupus (Latin for Wolf) is a southern constellation. ... Lyra (Latin for Lyre) is one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, and is one of the 88 modern constellations recognized by the International Astronomical Union. ... Ophiuchus (known as the serpent holder) is one of the 88 constellations, and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. ... Orion, a constellation often referred to as The Hunter, is a prominent constellation, perhaps the best-known in the sky. ... Pegasus is a northern constellation, named after the mythological Pegasus. ... Perseus is a northern constellation, named after the Greek hero who slew the monster Medusa. ... Pisces (Latin for fish (plural), symbol , Unicode ♓) is a zodiac constellation which lies between Aquarius to the west and Aries to the east. ... Piscis Austrinus or Piscis Australis (both of which are Latin for Southern Fish) was one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, and is also one of the 88 modern constellations. ... Sagitta, being Latin for Arrow, is the third-smallest of all constellations (only Equuleus and Crux are smaller). ... Sagittarius (Latin for Archer, symbol , Unicode ♐) is a constellation of the zodiac, commonly depicted as a centaur drawing a bow. ... Scorpius (Latin for scorpion, symbol , Unicode ♏) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Taurus (Latin for bull, symbol , Unicode ♉) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Triangulum is a small northern constellation whose three brightest stars, of third and fourth magnitude, form an elongated triangle. ... Ursa Major (Ursa Maior in Latin) is a constellation visible throughout the year in the northern hemisphere. ... Ursa Minor is a constellation in the northern sky, the name of which means Small Bear in Latin. ... Virgo (Latin for virgin, symbol , Unicode ♍) is a constellation of the zodiac. ...

The 88 modern Constellations
Andromeda | Antlia | Apus | Aquarius | Aquila | Ara | Aries | Auriga | Boötes | Caelum | Camelopardalis | Cancer | Canes Venatici | Canis Major | Canis Minor | Capricornus | Carina | Cassiopeia | Centaurus | Cepheus | Cetus | Chamaeleon | Circinus | Columba | Coma Berenices | Corona Australis | Corona Borealis | Corvus | Crater | Crux | Cygnus | Delphinus | Dorado | Draco | Equuleus | Eridanus | Fornax | Gemini | Grus | Hercules | Horologium | Hydra | Hydrus | Indus | Lacerta | Leo | Leo Minor | Lepus | Libra | Lupus | Lynx | Lyra | Mensa | Microscopium | Monoceros | Musca | Norma | Octans | Ophiuchus | Orion | Pavo | Pegasus | Perseus | Phoenix | Pictor | Pisces | Piscis Austrinus | Puppis | Pyxis | Reticulum | Sagitta | Sagittarius | Scorpius | Sculptor | Scutum | Serpens | Sextans | Taurus | Telescopium | Triangulum | Triangulum Australe | Tucana | Ursa Major | Ursa Minor | Vela | Virgo | Volans | Vulpecula

HI Orion is a remarkable constellation, visible from most places on the globe at one time or another during the year. ... Andromeda is a constellation named for the princess Andromeda (which is Greek for Ruler over men), a character in Greek mythology. ... The constellation Antlia (Latin for pump) is a relatively new constellation as it was only created in the 18th century, being too faint to be acknowledged by the ancient Greeks. ... Apus (Latin for bird of paradise) is a faint southern constellation, not visible to the ancient Greeks. ... Aquarius (Latin for the Water-bearer or Cup-bearer, symbol , Unicode ♒) is the first sign of the zodiac, situated between Capricornus and Pisces. ... Aquila (Latin for Eagle), is one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy and is now also part of the list of 88 constellations acknowledged by the IAU. It lies roughly at the celestial equator. ... Ara (Latin for Altar) is a faint southerly constellation between the constellations Centaurus and Lupus. ... Aries (Latin for Ram, symbol , Unicode ♈) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Auriga (Latin for charioteer) is a northern constellation. ... Boötes, a name deriving from Egypt, is one of the 88 modern constellations and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy. ... Caelum (Latin for chisel, and similar to Latin for of the Sky) is a minor southern constellation introduced by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille. ... Camelopardalis, Latin for giraffe, is the name of a large but faint northern constellation first recorded by Jakob Bartsch in 1624, but probably created earlier by Petrus Plancius. ... In astronomy and astrology, Cancer (Latin for crab, symbol , Unicode ♋) is one of the twelve constellations of the zodiac. ... Canes Venatici (Latin for hunting dogs) is a small northern constellation that was introduced by Johannes Hevelius in the 17th century. ... Canis Major (Latin for the greater dog) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also in Ptolemys list of 48 constellations. ... Canis Minor (Latin for little dog) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also in Ptolemys list of 48 constellations. ... Capricornus ( or , Unicode: ♑), a name meaning Horned Goat or That which has horns like a goats in Latin, is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Carina (Latin for keel) is a southern constellation which forms part of the old constellation of Argo Navis. ... Cassiopeia is a northern constellation which Greek mythology considered to represent a vain queen. ... Centaurus (Latin for centaur) was one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, and counts also among the 88 modern constellations. ... Cepheus is a northern constellation named after King Cepheus in Greek mythology, and is considered to represent a king. ... Cetus (a name from Greek mythology, referring to a Whale or Sea monster, see Ceto) is a constellation of the southern sky, in the region known as the Water, near other watery constellations like Aquarius, Pisces, and Eridanus. ... For other uses of the word, see chameleon (disambiguation) Chamaeleon (Latin for chameleon) is a minor southern constellation. ... Circinus, Latin for Compass, is one of the small southern (declination −50 to −60 degrees) constellations. ... Columba, Latin for dove, is a small constellation just south to Canis Major and Lepus, it was cut out of the constellation Canis Major by Augustin Royer, in 1679. ... Coma Berenices (Latin for Berenices Hair) is a traditional asterism that has since become a constellation. ... Corona Australis or Corona Austrina (Latin for Southern Crown) was one of Ptolemys 48 constellations, and also counts among the 88 modern constellations. ... Corona Borealis (Latin for northern crown) is a small northern constellation whose main stars form a semicircular arc. ... Corvus (Latin for Raven/Crow) is a small southern constellation with only 11 stars visible to the naked eye (brighter than magnitude 5. ... Crater (Latin for cup) is one of the 88 modern constellations and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. ... CRUX is a lightweight, i686-optimized Linux distribution targeted at experienced Linux users. ... For other meanings of the word Cygnus, see Cygnus (disambiguation) Cygnus (from the Latin for swan) is a northern constellation. ... Delphinus, being Latin for Dolphin, is a rather small (ranked 69th) northern constellation very close to the celestial equator. ... Other uses: dorado is used in the fisheries of some Latin American countries to denote the edible fish mahi-mahi (Coryphaena hippurus Dorado is also the name of mythical Latin American warriors. ... Draco (Latin for Dragon) is a far northern constellation that is circumpolar for many northern hemisphere observers. ... Equuleus (Latin for horse-let (i. ... Eridanus is the sixth largest of the 88 modern constellations. ... Fornax (Latin for furnace) is a southern constellation which was first introduced by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille under the name Fornax Chemica (Latin for chemical furnace). ... Gemini (Latin for twins, symbol , Unicode ♊) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Grus (Latin for Crane) is a southern constellation. ... Hercules is the fifth largest of the 88 modern constellations. ... Horologium (Latin for clock) is one of the lesser southern constellations (declination around -60 degrees). ... Hydra is the largest of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy. ... Hydrus (Latin for Hydra, also referred to as male Hydra or little Hydra) is a minor southern constellation. ... Indus is a southern constellation that is supposed to represent an American Indian. ... Lacerta, being Latin for Lizard, is one of the 88 official constellations acknowledged by the International Astronomical Union. ... Leo (Latin for lion, symbol , Unicode ♌) is a constellation of the zodiac. ... Leo Minor (Latin for Small Lion) is a rather dim constellation that can barely be recognized as a triangle and lies between the easily discerned constellations Ursa Major and Leo. ... Lepus (Latin for Hare) is a constellation, lying just south of Orion, and possibly representing a hare being chased by him. ... Libra (Latin for balance, symbol , Unicode ) is a constellation of the zodiac. ... Lupus (Latin for Wolf) is a southern constellation. ... Lynx is a constellation of the northern hemisphere, introduced in the 17th century by Johannes Hevelius. ... Lyra (Latin for Lyre) is one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, and is one of the 88 modern constellations recognized by the International Astronomical Union. ... Mensa (Latin for Table) is a southern constellation which was first introduced by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille under the name Mons Mensae (Latin for table mountain). ... Categories: Astronomy stubs | Modern constellations | Constellations ... Monoceros (Latin for Unicorn) is a faint constellation on the winter night sky, surrounded by Orion to the west, Gemini to the north, Canis Major to the south and Hydra to the east. ... Musca (Latin for Fly) is one of the minor southern constellations. ... Norma (Latin for Normal, i. ... Octans (Latin for octant) is an inconspicuous constellation introduced by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille. ... Ophiuchus (known as the serpent holder) is one of the 88 constellations, and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. ... Orion, a constellation often referred to as The Hunter, is a prominent constellation, perhaps the best-known in the sky. ... PENIS, being Latin for your small cock, is a southern constellation. ... Pegasus is a northern constellation, named after the mythological Pegasus. ... Perseus is a northern constellation, named after the Greek hero who slew the monster Medusa. ... Categories: Astronomy stubs | Modern constellations | Constellations ... Pictor, being Latin for easel, is one of the minor southern (declination -50 to -60) constellations. ... Pisces (Latin for fish (plural), symbol , Unicode ♓) is a zodiac constellation which lies between Aquarius to the west and Aries to the east. ... Piscis Austrinus or Piscis Australis (both of which are Latin for Southern Fish) was one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, and is also one of the 88 modern constellations. ... Puppis (Latin for poop deck) is a southern constellation. ... Categories: Astronomy stubs | Modern constellations | Constellations | Pyxis constellation | Argo Navis constellation ... Reticulum (Latin for reticle), is one of the minor southern (declination -60 degrees) constellations. ... Sagitta, being Latin for Arrow, is the third-smallest of all constellations (only Equuleus and Crux are smaller). ... Sagittarius (Latin for Archer, symbol , Unicode ♐) is a constellation of the zodiac, commonly depicted as a centaur drawing a bow. ... Scorpius (Latin for scorpion, symbol , Unicode ♏) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Categories: Astronomy stubs | Modern constellations | Constellations | Sculptor constellation ... Scutum (Latin for shield) is a small constellation. ... For the Ancient Roman coin denomination, see sextans (coin). ... Taurus (Latin for bull, symbol , Unicode ♉) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. ... Telescopium (Latin for Telescope) is a minor southern constellation identified and named by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, the 18th century French astronomer, a student of the southern skies. ... Triangulum is a small northern constellation whose three brightest stars, of third and fourth magnitude, form an elongated triangle. ... Triangulum Australe is a small southern constellation whose three brightest stars, of second and third magnitude, form an approximately equilateral triangle. ... Tucana (Latin for Toucan) is a southern constellation. ... Ursa Major (Ursa Maior in Latin) is a constellation visible throughout the year in the northern hemisphere. ... Ursa Minor is a constellation in the northern sky, the name of which means Small Bear in Latin. ... Vela (Latin for sails) is a southern constellation, one of the four parts into which Argo Navis was split (the others being; Carina (constellation), Puppis and Pyxis. ... Virgo (Latin for virgin, symbol , Unicode ♍) is a constellation of the zodiac. ... Categories: Astronomy stubs | Modern constellations | Constellations | Volans constellation ... Vulpecula, being Latin for Fox, is a faint northern constellation located in the middle of the Summer Triangle, an asterism consisting of the bright stars Deneb, Vega and Altair. ...


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Serpens (497 words)
The constellation Serpens is spread across a greater part of the sky than is Ophiuchus, but it has far fewer features of interest.
Serpens has three visual binaries of some interest, two of which are very attractive, and one which will test your observing skills.
There are two Messier objects in Serpens: M5 and M16; the first is found in the "head" of the serpent, the second in the "tail".
eSky: Serpens (400 words)
Serpens, or the Serpent, is held by the Serpent Holder, Ophiuchus, and is the only constellation to consist of two separate parts - Serpens Caput (the Head) and Serpens Cauda (the Tail).
The stars of Serpens form the shape of a long writhing snake that starts near the Northern Crown, passes southward through Serpens Caput, then through the body of Ophiuchus.
Though its shape is well-defined, Serpens is lacking in bright stars.
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