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Serpens

Quick Facts

Name:Serpens
SIR-pens
Meaning:Serpent
Abbreviation:Ser
Genitive:Serpentis
Visible in Latitudes:80° thru -80°
Viewing Season:Spring
Best Seen In:July, 9:00 pm
Transit Date:May 18
Right Ascension:15.71 hours
Declination:9.1 degrees
Area:636.928 sq. degrees

Star Diagram

Star Diagram: Serpens

About Serpens

Serpens is a very ancient constellation, and is always shown in the grasp of Ophiuchius. It was this serpent that revealed the secrets of healing the dead to Ophiuchius. The serpent is the symbol for the poison, venom, that can both cure and kill; Ophicuchius controls it and uses it to heal.

The constellation is divided into two parts: Serpens Caput, the head, and Serpens Cauda, the tail.

Named Stars

 
NameStar
UnukalhaiAlpha Ser
AlyaTheta 1 Ser

Messier Objects

 
NameType
M5Globular Cluster
M16Open Cluster

Neighboring Constellations

AquilaOphiuchus
BoötesSagittarius
Corona BorealisScutum
HerculesVirgo
Libra
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