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Meaning:Serpent Holder
Visible in Latitudes:80° thru -80°
Viewing Season:Summer
Best Seen In:July, 9:00 pm
Transit Date:June 15
Right Ascension:17.18 hours
Declination:-4.2 degrees
Area:948.340 sq. degrees

Star Diagram

Star Diagram: Ophiuchus

About Ophiuchus

Ophiuchus vel Serpentarius, the Serpent Holder, is generally identified with Aesculapius, a physician, who was later made a god. Serpents were always associated with physicians as symbols of prudence, renovation, wisdom, and the power of discovering healing herbs. The modern symbol for medicine derives from this.

Aesculapius was the one of the earliest physicians, trained by a centaur, Chiron, and the surgeon of the ship Argo. He was so skilled in his profession that he could bring the dead back to life. After many successful operations and numerous remarkable cures, Hades, fearful that his dominion would vanish, convinced Zeus to strike Aesculapius with a thunderbolt and transfer him to the stars.

Named Stars

RasalhagueAlpha Oph
CebalraiBeta Oph
Yed PriorDelta Oph
Yed PosteriorEpsilon Oph
SabikEta Oph
MarficLambda Oph

Messier Objects

M9Globular Cluster
M10Globular Cluster
M12Globular Cluster
M14Globular Cluster
M19Globular Cluster
M62Globular Cluster
M107Globular Cluster

Neighboring Constellations

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