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Ophiuchus Constellation
Constellation Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer

Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer (Oph)  

(OFF-ee-YOO-kus)


The constellation of Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer, is best viewed in Summer during the month of July. It's brightest star is Rasalhague at magnitude 2.08. The boundary of the Ophiuchus constellation contains 19 stars that host known exoplanets.

Barnard's Star is the 2nd closest star to Earth at 5.96 light years.

      1. Pronunciation:
      2. OFF-ee-YOO-kus
      1. Meaning:
      2. Serpent Bearer
      1. Genitive:
      2. Ophiuchi
      1. Abbreviation:
      2. Oph
      1. Constellation Family:
      2. Hercules
      1. Hemisphere:
      2. Southern
      1. Quadrant:
      2. SQ3
      1. Best viewing month*:
      2. July
      1. Right Ascension (avg):
      2. 17h 2m
      1. Declination (avg):
      2. -2° 21'
      1. Brightest star:
      2. Rasalhague  (2.08m)
      1. Stars with planets:
      2. 19
      1. Triple star systems:
      2. 1
      1. Other:
      2. Supernova, protoplanetary system


    * 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).



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