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Ophiuchus Constellation
Constellation Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer Star Map

Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer (Oph)


The Southern 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  (2.08)
      1. Stars with planets:
      2. 19

    Brightest Stars in Ophiuchus

    The 10 brightest stars in the constellation Ophiuchus by magnitude.

        1. Star
        2. Magnitude
        3. Spectral class

      Double Stars in Ophiuchus

      These are the brightest and easiest-to-find double, triple, and quadruple star systems in the constellation Ophiuchus . Also see all star clusters.

          1. Star system
          2. Magnitudes
          3. Type
          1. 36 Ophiuchi
          2. 5.1, 5.1
          3. double
          1. Omicron Ophiuchi
          2. 5.2, 6.6
          3. double
          1. 70 Ophiuchi
          2. 4.2, 6.2
          3. double

        Star Clusters in Ophiuchus

        The most notable and easy-to-find star clusters in the constellation Ophiuchus . Also see all star clusters.

            1. Star cluster
            2. Catalog #
            3. Cluster type

          Nebulae in Ophiuchus

          Notable and easy-to-find nebulae in the constellation Ophiuchus . Also see all nebulae.

              1. Nebula name
              2. Catalog #
              3. Nebula type

            Black Holes in Ophiuchus

            These are the most well-known smaller (non-supermassive) black holes in the constellation Ophiuchus. Although black holes cannot be seen directly, the smaller ones are at the center of some star clusters and supernova remnant nebulae, which can be seen. Supermassive black holes are at the center of most galaxies, such as Sagittarius A* at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. Also see all black holes.

                1. Black hole
                2. Type
                1. Great Annihilator
                2. intermediate

              * Constellation shown for northen hemisphere skies. For the southern hemisphere, constellations appear rotated 180 degrees (upside-down and left-right reversed) from what is shown. Remember that seasons are reversed too - summer in northern latitudes is winter in southern latitudes.

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