Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer (Oph)
The constellation of Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer, is best viewed in the Summer season during the month of July for mid-northern latitudes. It's brightest star is Rasalhague at magnitude 2.08. The boundary of the Ophiuchus constellation contains 19 stars that host known exoplanets.
The naked eye can generally see up to magnitude 6 (magnitude 8 with perfect eyes under ideal super dark-sky conditions).
- Serpent Bearer
- Constellation Family:
- Best Viewing Month*:
- Right Ascension (avg):
- 17h 2m
- Declination (avg):
- -2° 21'
- Brightest Star:
- Rasalhague (2.08m)
- Exoplanet Host Stars:
- Triple Stars:
- 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.
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