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Hydra Constellation
Constellation Hydra the Water Monster

Hydra, the Water Monster (Hya)  

(HIGH-druh)


The constellation of Hydra, the Water Monster, is best viewed in Spring during the month of April. It's brightest star is Alphard at magnitude 1.98. The boundary of the Hydra constellation contains 23 stars that host known exoplanets.

WISE 0855?0714 is the 4th closest star to Earth at 7.26 light years.

      1. Pronunciation:
      2. HIGH-druh
      1. Meaning:
      2. Water Monster
      1. Genitive:
      2. Hydrae
      1. Abbreviation:
      2. Hya
      1. Constellation Family:
      2. Hercules
      1. Hemisphere:
      2. Southern
      1. Quadrant:
      2. SQ2
      1. Best viewing month*:
      2. April
      1. Right Ascension (avg):
      2. 9h 8m
      1. Declination (avg):
      2. -11° 41'
      1. Brightest star:
      2. Alphard  (1.98m)
      1. Stars with planets:
      2. 23
      1. Other:
      2. 2 Carbon stars

    * For southern latitudes, flip the season listed. For example, if a constellation is listed as best viewed in the summer in the month of July, in the southern hemisphere the constellation would be best viewed in the winter in January and would be upside-down.

    ** Circumpolar constellations are visible year-round in the hemisphere listed (and not at all in the opposite).