Ophiuchus

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Ophiuchus
Ophiuchus
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List of stars in Ophiuchus
Abbreviation: Oph
Genitive: Ophiuchi
Symbology: the snake-holder / the healer
Right ascension: 17 h
Declination:
Area: 948 sq. deg. (11th)
Main stars: 10
Bayer/Flamsteed stars: 59
Stars known to have planets: 4
Bright stars: 5
Nearby stars: 8
Brightest star: α Oph (Ras Alhague) (2.1m)
Nearest star: Barnard's Star (5.96 ly)
Messier objects: 7
Meteor showers: Ophiuchids
Northern May Ophiuchids
Southern May Ophiuchids
Theta Ophiuchids
Bordering constellations: Hercules
Serpens Caput
Libra
Scorpius
Sagittarius
Serpens Cauda
Aquila
Visible at latitudes between +80° and −80°
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of July

Ophiuchus (Οφιούχος: say it 'Ofi-youkus'), is one of the 88 listed constellations. In Latin, it means "serpent-holder". It is near the celestial equator, and northwest of the center of the Milky Way. Ophiuchus is on the ecliptic, but is generally not considered to be in the zodiac.

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