Serpens Constellation | Constellations In The Northern Hemisphere
SERPENS CONSTELLATION – In this topic, we are going to know and learn about the constellation Serpens, the Snake.
It is a constellation in the northern sky. It means “the serpent” in Latin. The constellation is divided into two parts by the snake bearer Ophiuchus:
- Serpens Caput or the snake’s head
- Serpens Caput or the snake’s tail.
The constellation represents a giant snake held by the healer Asclepius, which is represented by Ophiuchus.
It houses the Eagle Nebula, the large globular cluster Messier 5, the emission nebula IC 4703, Seyfert’s Sextet of galaxies, Hoag’s Object, the Red Square Nebula, and the Serpens South star cluster.
It is the 23rd largest constellation which occupies an area of 637 square degrees. It lies in NQ3, the third quadrant of the northern hemisphere.
It belongs to the Hercules family, along with Aquila, Ara, Centaurus, Corona Australis, Corvus, Crater, Crux, Cygnus, Hercules, Hydra, Lupus, Lyra, Ophiuchus, Sagitta, Scutum, Sextans, Triangulum Australe and Vulpecula.
Among the stars include:
- Beta Serpentis
- Chi Serpentis
- Delta Serpentis
- Epsilon Serpentis
- Eta Serpentis
- Gamma Serpentis
- Gliese 710
- HD 136118
- HD 168443
- Kappa Serpentis
- Lambda Serpentis
- Mu Serpentis
- Nu Serpentis
- R Serpentis
- Tau Serpentis
- Xi Serpentis