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Ophiuchus Constellation

Ophiuchus (Pronounciation:Off-you-cuss, Abbrev:Oph, Latin:Ophiuchi) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Ophiuchus takes up 948.34 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 2.3% of the night sky. The constellation gets its name as it name means The Serpent Holder . The constellation is one of the original constellations that was devised by the Ancient Greco-Egyptian astronomer Ptolemy who lived between 90 A.D. and 168 A.D.

Ophiuchus is an equatorial constellation that can be seen by countries nearest the Equator. The brightest star in Ophiuchus is Rasalhague. There are 12 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site.

To some people, Ophiuchus is the thirteenth sign of the Zodiac because the sun sets in this constellation during the year. Most astrologers will discount Ophiuchus but there are some that do recognise and produce horoscopes for this constellation. If you`re born at the end of November or beginning of December, its likely your real star sign will be Ophiuchus and will explain why your horoscope forecast is always wrong. As Ophiuchus is inserted, other constellations will move too. For more information, have a look at my other Ophiuchus page.

Legend of the Constellation

Whilst Apollo was away, Coronis was unfaithful to him and bore a son Asclepius with Ischys. When Apollo found out, he killed his wife and removed the baby. The baby Asclepius was given to the Centaur Chiron who taught him medicine. He was able to raise people from the dead which angered Hades. The Underworld God, Hades asked Zeus to put an end to this and Asclepius was struck down by a thunderbolt. Asclepius created his medicines from the poisons of plants and snakes. After death, Asclepius became the constellation Ophiuchus. This constellation is sometimes referred to as the thirteenth star sign, the one that Astrologers ignore.

There are no major meteor showers that radiate from within this constellation.

Ophiuchus Facts


NameOphiuchus
AbbreviationOph
Is a Zodiac Sign No
Brightest StarRasalhague
Area948.34 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky2.3%
Size Position11th
Hemisphere Equatorial
Site Exoplanet Count12
Meteor Shower Count12
Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding ConstellationsHercules
Serpens
Libra
Scorpius
Sagittarius
Serpens
Aquila

Ophiuchus Constellation Map


Ophiuchus Constellation Star Map

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.

List of Stars with Exoplanets in Ophiuchus


StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)Exoplanet CountDeclinationRight Ascension
HD 148427192.541-13d 23` 58.716h 28m 28.17
HD 149143202.331+02d 05` 06.116h 32m 51.06
HD 15043396.441-02d 51` 22.316h 41m 08.23
HD 152581605.131+11d 58` 25.616h 53m 43.58
HD 15408858.181-28d 34` 55.317h 04m 27.79
HD 155233245.051-20d 39` 15.217h 11m 04.37
HD 156846155.321-19d 20` 00.217h 20m 34.40
HD 157172103.971-19d 36` 57.017h 22m 34.56
HD 159243225.722 +05d 42` 02.417h 33m 21.58
HD 164509171.031+00d 06` 16.618h 01m 31.23
HD 170469204.621+11d 41` 44.018h 29m 11.01

List of Named Stars in Ophiuchus without Extrasolar Planets

As there's so many stars in the cosmos, not all the stars are listed here. The site has lots of stars not listed so if your star isn't listed and you know the Henry Draper or Hipparcos ID, type https://www.universeguide.com/star/ then followed by the HIPNNNNNN or HDNNNN where NNNNN is the number part of the name. The stars that I do list have either a traditional name, a bayer or other classification name.

StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)DeclinationRight Ascension
10 G. Oph426.92-02d 04` 47.516h 22m 38.91
105 G. Oph291.48-14d 35` 02.917h 15m 20.30
109 G. Oph364.02-06d 14` 41.817h 16m 42.75
115 G. Oph823.64-16d 18` 42.817h 18m 19.27
119 G. Oph375.76-17d 45` 23.317h 19m 53.35
12 Ophiuchi31.81-02d 19` 25.816h 36m 21.18
122 G. Oph162.03-05d 55` 01.317h 19m 59.53
123 G. Oph507.25+02d 08` 22.117h 19m 46.49
131 G. Oph63.68-02d 23` 16.517h 22m 51.26
132 G. Oph301.72-21d 26` 29.117h 24m 42.04
133 G. Oph815.41-18d 26` 44.717h 24m 37.03
134 G. Oph723.20+08d 51` 09.317h 23m 57.61
136 G. Oph395.35-25d 56` 36.217h 26m 55.30
138 G. Oph201.71-01d 39` 06.917h 25m 57.84
14 Ophiuchi181.30+01d 10` 52.016h 41m 42.54
140 G. Oph737.93-29d 43` 28.217h 27m 37.56
142 G. Oph667.00+07d 35` 44.417h 26m 19.01
144 G. Oph317.59-08d 12` 29.017h 28m 02.39
146 G. Oph194.49+00d 19` 50.117h 28m 49.69
147 G. Oph257.63-05d 55` 09.617h 29m 47.37
151 G. Oph390.15-26d 16` 10.817h 31m 44.38
152 G. Oph364.02+02d 43` 28.117h 31m 21.35
153 G. Oph156.88-05d 44` 40.517h 33m 29.87
159 G. Oph368.55+02d 01` 41.217h 39m 08.48
16 G. Oph465.95+02d 20` 52.716h 26m 50.06
16 Ophiuchi499.48+01d 01` 12.516h 45m 29.68
162 G. Oph512.84-02d 09` 08.217h 40m 11.95
163 G. Oph1510.02-27d 53` 02.317h 43m 17.71
164 G. Oph1128.59+06d 18` 47.417h 41m 32.32
167 G. Oph1087.21-07d 04` 46.517h 43m 47.02
17 G. Oph577.28-07d 35` 51.216h 27m 43.46
173 G. Oph862.87+03d 48` 15.117h 48m 20.23
174 G. Oph377.07+01d 57` 40.417h 49m 19.05
176 G. Oph361.60-01d 14` 12.517h 51m 59.45
179 G. Oph367.72+01d 18` 18.217h 52m 35.46
180 G. Oph101.51+06d 06` 04.517h 53m 14.26
183 G. Oph400.20-04d 04` 54.517h 56m 47.75
184 G. Oph386.45+00d 04` 00.117h 57m 04.30
185 G. Oph633.33+06d 29` 15.817h 56m 55.96
187 G. Oph560.42-04d 49` 15.317h 59m 36.76
19 G. Oph776.58+02d 52` 14.416h 27m 32.27
19 Ophiuchi541.80+02d 03` 52.416h 47m 09.76
192 G. Oph 1568.09+06d 16` 05.918h 00m 52.86
2 G. Oph284.86-06d 17` 28.116h 05m 44.53
2 Sagittarii403.67-21d 54` 45.417h 38m 44.87
20 G. Oph166.16-08d 07` 43.216h 28m 48.99
20 Ophiuchi104.31-10d 46` 58.116h 49m 49.97
201 G. Oph153.06+03d 07` 13.118h 09m 54.01
202 G. Oph403.17+03d 19` 27.418h 10m 40.29
205 G. Oph934.57+02d 23` 36.618h 13m 52.22
208 G. Oph152.63+07d 15` 35.118h 19m 09.56
21 G. Oph407.20+00d 39` 54.616h 28m 33.98
21 Ophiuchi378.82+01d 12` 57.516h 51m 24.94
22 G. Oph297.87-14d 33` 03.216h 29m 46.90
23 G. Oph4467.99-07d 30` 52.016h 30m 30.02
23 Ophiuchi240.71-06d 09` 14.116h 54m 35.71
24 Ophiuchi303.69-23d 09` 01.216h 56m 48.04
24 Scorpii412.34-17d 44` 31.816h 41m 34.40
26 Ophiuchi109.93-24d 59` 20.217h 00m 09.48
28 Scorpii348.47-21d 33` 51.817h 06m 11.81
29 Ophiuchi579.33-18d 53` 07.817h 01m 51.27
29 Scorpii304.26-26d 59` 03.317h 14m 14.25
3 G. Oph478.95-06d 08` 23.116h 05m 59.83
30 G. Oph369.38-06d 32` 16.816h 38m 01.56
30 Ophiuchi405.17-04d 13` 20.817h 01m 03.63
31 G. Oph729.67-08d 37` 06.916h 38m 47.73
32 Scorpii563.32-24d 54` 21.617h 21m 41.58
33 G. Oph130.67-09d 33` 15.216h 39m 39.12
33 Scorpii411.82-24d 14` 37.417h 25m 06.23
34 G. Oph449.26-20d 24` 31.416h 40m 34.51
36 G. Oph285.61-24d 28` 04.616h 41m 36.21
36 Ophiuchi19.35-26d 36` 00.217h 15m 21.29
36 Ophiuchi C19.47-26d 32` 36.317h 16m 13.68
37 Ophiuchi1090.85+10d 35` 06.817h 12m 27.81
38 G. Oph466.61-08d 18` 34.716h 40m 56.42
38 Ophiuchi508.84-26d 37` 44.317h 17m 39.53
40 G. Oph137.16-19d 55` 28.116h 41m 53.67
41 G. Oph159.49-01d 00` 01.016h 41m 11.53
41 Ophiuchi205.78-00d 26` 42.517h 16m 36.71
42 G. Oph976.54+01d 14` 43.716h 41m 16.74
43 Ophiuchi819.51-28d 08` 33.917h 23m 21.59
44 Ophiuchi83.16-24d 10` 30.117h 26m 22.22
45 Ophiuchi111.59-29d 52` 00.117h 27m 21.26
46 G. Oph493.44-14d 54` 33.816h 48m 26.99
5 G. Oph536.45-04d 13` 14.716h 12m 56.60
51 G. Oph198.76-02d 39` 15.316h 50m 22.25
51 Ophiuchi405.68-23d 57` 45.317h 31m 24.95
52 Ophiuchi842.80-22d 02` 37.717h 35m 18.50
53 Ophiuchi337.64+09d 35` 12.217h 34m 36.69
54 G. Oph87.87-20d 24` 55.816h 53m 25.26
58 Ophiuchi57.58-21d 40` 59.117h 43m 25.85
60 G. Oph137.04-16d 48` 22.816h 56m 01.79
61 Ophiuchi276.64+02d 34` 45.917h 44m 34.09
62 G. Oph579.33-19d 32` 23.416h 57m 03.99
63 G. Oph264.74-10d 57` 47.416h 57m 26.00
64 G. Oph169.26-14d 52` 10.616h 58m 41.56
66 G. Oph540.90-25d 05` 31.816h 59m 57.70
66 Herculis492.69+10d 51` 53.017h 18m 36.99
66 Ophiuchi651.02+04d 22` 07.118h 00m 15.80
67 Ophiuchi1230.81+02d 55` 53.718h 00m 38.72
68 Ophiuchi292.52+01d 18` 18.418h 01m 45.19
70 Ophiuchi16.58+02d 30` 08.818h 05m 27.21
71 Ophiuchi272.71+08d 44` 01.718h 07m 18.35
72 G. Oph395.35+08d 27` 02.417h 01m 58.96
72 Ophiuchi86.86+09d 33` 49.218h 07m 21.02
73 Ophiuchi178.72+03d 59` 35.818h 09m 33.86
74 Ophiuchi260.51+03d 22` 37.718h 20m 52.06
77 G. Oph472.02-20d 29` 40.717h 04m 45.33
8 G. Oph144.83-03d 57` 12.116h 16m 55.28
80 G. Oph1072.91-26d 30` 46.817h 06m 53.23
82 G. Oph1117.00-00d 53` 31.417h 05m 32.26
83 G. Oph898.52+09d 44` 01.917h 06m 09.64
84 G. Oph295.17-01d 39` 22.017h 06m 52.94
85 G. Oph374.90-17d 36` 32.317h 08m 14.85
86 G. Oph292.00-01d 04` 45.817h 08m 13.66
87 G. Oph113.92-03d 52` 57.417h 08m 54.55
88 G. Oph134.78-10d 31` 22.917h 09m 47.92
95 G. Oph501.79-27d 45` 43.217h 12m 25.07
97 G. Oph443.76+07d 53` 41.017h 11m 45.22
Barnard`s Star5.95+04d 40` 05.817h 57m 48.97
Cebalrai81.85+04d 34` 00.917h 43m 28.38
Chi Ophiuchi525.22-18d 27` 22.316h 27m 01.44
Gamma Ophiuchi102.79+02d 42` 26.917h 47m 53.57
Gliese 67325.12+02d 06` 51.517h 25m 45.57
Gliese 67853.30-01d 03` 45.017h 30m 23.87
Han366.06-10d 34` 01.716h 37m 09.53
HR 6902787.83+08d 01` 55.318h 25m 38.80
Iota Ophiuchi245.24+10d 09` 55.616h 54m 00.50
Kappa Ophiuchi91.46+09d 22` 30.216h 57m 40.27
Marfik173.12+01d 59` 02.816h 30m 54.84
Mu Ophiuchi755.01-08d 07` 07.417h 37m 50.72
Omega Ophiuchi168.65-21d 27` 59.316h 32m 08.19
Omicron Ophiuchi294.90-24d 17` 12.817h 18m 00.72
Omicron Ophiuchi B320.40-24d 17` 02.717h 18m 00.64
Phi Ophiuchi243.59-16d 36` 45.516h 31m 08.39
Psi Ophiuchi199.49-20d 02` 14.016h 24m 06.20
Ras Alhague48.59+12d 33` 38.117h 34m 56.00
Rho Ophiuchi361.20-23d 26` 49.616h 25m 35.12
Sabik88.37-15d 43` 30.517h 10m 22.66
Sigma Ophiuchi901.00+04d 08` 25.217h 26m 30.88
Sinistra150.72-09d 46` 24.117h 59m 01.60
Tau Ophiuchi167.43-08d 10` 48.918h 03m 04.91
Theta Ophiuchi436.05-24d 59` 58.217h 22m 00.58
U Ophiuchi653.63+01d 12` 38.117h 16m 31.72
Upsilon Ophiuchi133.56-08d 22` 18.116h 27m 48.23
V1010 Ophiuchi241.60-15d 40` 04.816h 49m 27.67
V2052 Ophiuchi1359.01+00d 40` 13.317h 56m 18.40
V2114 Ophiuchi665.64+08d 26` 31.717h 27m 44.07
V2126 Ophiuchi441.36+00d 37` 46.218h 00m 15.66
V2213 Ophiuchi67.40+00d 42` 12.117h 05m 16.83
V2368 Ophiuchi716.84+02d 11` 10.517h 16m 14.25
V2388 Ophiuchi271.80+11d 07` 51.417h 54m 14.21
V2392 Ophiuchi772.90+02d 22` 39.318h 16m 05.58
V2393 Ophiuchi1822.14+08d 16` 05.818h 33m 23.30
V2542 Ophiuchi249.93-01d 36` 43.616h 54m 10.60
V986 Ophiuchi+01 d 55` 08.418h 04m 37.36
X Ophiuchi+08d 50` 02.618h 38m 21.13
Xi Ophiuchi56.61-21d 06` 44.817h 21m 00.21
Y Ophiuchi3433.30-06d 08` 36.817h 52m 38.70
Yed Posterior106.45-04d 41` 33.416h 18m 19.24
Yed Prior171.12-03d 41` 38.316h 14m 20.77



Objects of Interest (Galaxies, Nebulas, Supernovas, etc) in Ophiuchus


NameTypeDistanceDeclinationRight Ascension
M10 Globular ClusterGlobular Cluster14.3-04:0616h 57m 1
M107 Globular ClusterGlobular Cluster20.9-13:0416h 32m 5
M12 Globular ClusterGlobular Cluster15.7-01:5716h 47m 2
M14 Globular ClusterGlobular Cluster30.3-03:1517h 37m 6
M19 Globular ClusterGlobular Cluster28.7-26:1617h 02m 6
M62 Globular ClusterGlobular Cluster22.2-30:0717h 01m 2
M9 Globular ClusterGlobular Cluster25.8-18:3117h 19m 2


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