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|List of stars in Hydra|
|Right ascension:||8–15 h|
|Area:||1303 sq. deg. (1st)|
|Stars known to have planets:||16|
|Brightest star:||Alphard (α Hya) (1.98m)|
|Nearest star:||LHS 3003 ( ly)|
|Visible at latitudes between +54° and −83°|
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of April
Hydra is a constellation that has parts in the northern sky and parts in the southern sky. It is the biggest constellation. It represents a water snake. The astronomer named Ptolemy listed Hydra when he made a list of 48 constellations. It is also one of the 88 modern constellations that were made by the International Astronomical Union.
Even though Hydra is a very big constellation, it only has one bright star. This star is named Alphard. Alphard means "the solitary one" in Arabic. Hydra actually has little to identify it exept for a cluster of stars at its head.
References[change | change source]
- Ridpath, Ian. "Chapter One Continued". Star Tales. Retrieved 4 Feb 2013.