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Serpens Constellation

Serpens (Pronounciation:Sir-pens, Abbrev:Ser, Latin:Serpentis) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Serpens takes up 636.928 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 1.54% of the night sky. The constellation gets its name as it name means The Serpents . 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.

Serpens is an equatorial constellation that can be seen by countries nearest the Equator. The brightest star in Serpens is Unukalhai. There are 6 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) detailed on this site.

Legend of the Constellation

The Serpents although two separate constellations are usually referred to as one. The constellation Ophiuchus is sandwiched in between them. They are probably serpents that Ophiuchus cured people with.

Meteor Showers

There are 12 Meteor Showers that occur during the year within this constellation based on information gathered from Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland). The ones listed as the ones I've been able to find a date range for. For others if you have the time, you can visit the AMU site, obtains the SL value then use IMO tables to calculate the date. A lot of the Meteor Showers are weak and you need to do a lot of stargazing to spot them.

NameActivityPeak ActivityClosest Star
Kappa Serpentids1 Apr- 7 Apr05-AprKappa Serpentis

Serpens Facts

Is a Zodiac Sign No
Brightest StarUnukalhai
Area636.928 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky1.54%
Size Position23rd
Hemisphere Equatorial
Site Exoplanet Count6
Meteor Shower Count12
Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding ConstellationsCorona Borealis

Serpens Constellation Map

Serpens Constellation Star Map

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

List of Named Stars in Serpens

StarDistanceDeclinationRight Ascension
47 Ophiuchi141.87-12d30`44.417h 27m 02.12
A1 Serpentis280.21-01d11`10.715h 32m 57.95
A2 Serpentis449.88-01d48`14.815h 46m 05.65
Alya169.44+04d12`07.418h 56m 14.61
B Serpentis162.27-03d05`25.515h 51m 15.65
Beta Serpentis155.09+15d25`18.915h 46m 11.21
C Serpentis229.69-01d59`06.818h 29m 40.96
Chi Serpentis219.79+12d50`51.115h 41m 47.39
D Serpentis469.30+00d11`46.118h 27m 12.51
Delta Serpentis228.09+10d32`19.915h 34m 48.19
E Serpentis523.54-00d18`33.918h 37m 35.95
Epsilon Serpentis70.45+04d28`39.315h 50m 48.89
Eta Serpentis60.48-02d53`49.618h 21m 18.92
FL Serpentis723.20+18d58`33.615h 12m 04.27
FQ Serpentis662.93+08d36`47.716h 08m 36.53
FR Serpentis359.61+04d56`09.818h 35m 36.48
Gamma Serpentis36.71+15d39`53.015h 56m 26.99
Gliese 71063.80-01d56`19.018h 19m 50.84
Iota Serpentis190.07+19d40`13.815h 41m 33.09
Kappa Serpentis381.92+18d08`30.415h 48m 44.41
Lambda Serpentis39.54+07d21`11.715h 46m 26.75
Mu Serpentis169.61-03d25`48.515h 49m 37.27
MV Serpentis991.38+03d39`34.518h 32m 06.88
Nu Serpentis203.22-12d50`48.817h 20m 49.64
NW Serpentis1058.97+05d26`08.718h 21m 28.40
Omega Serpentis273.40+02d11`47.815h 50m 17.53
Omicron Serpentis173.21-12d52`30.617h 41m 24.92
Phi Serpentis241.25+14d24`51.415h 57m 14.64
Pi Serpentis179.01+22d48`15.816h 02m 17.69
Psi Serpentis47.81+02d30`55.915h 44m 01.85
QY Serpentis510.43+20d18`39.115h 54m 34.66
Rho Serpentis374.90+20d58`40.415h 51m 15.94
Sigma Serpentis88.95+01d01`44.116h 22m 04.44
Tau1 Serpentis689.56+15d25`41.015h 25m 47.41
Tau2 Serpentis469.30+16d03`22.115h 32m 09.68
Tau3 Serpentis379.26+17d39`20.115h 35m 33.28
Tau4 Serpentis671.12+15d06`05.015h 36m 28.19
Tau5 Serpentis169.79+16d07`08.815h 36m 29.20
Tau6 Serpentis606.25+16d01`28.715h 40m 59.09
Tau7 Serpentis173.12+18d27`50.015h 41m 54.76
Tau8 Serpentis370.64+17d15`51.215h 44m 42.15
Theta1 Serpentis154.65+04d12`12.718h 56m 13.16
Unukalhai73.96+06d25`31.915h 44m 16.00
Upsilon Serpentis250.13+14d06`55.015h 47m 17.35
Xi Serpentis105.28-15d23`54.317h 37m 35.23
Zeta Serpentis76.82-03d41`24.618h 00m 28.92

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

NameTypeDistanceDeclinationRight Ascension
Eagle NebulaStar Forming Nebula7-13:4718h 18m 8
M5 Globular ClusterGlobular Cluster24.5+02:0515h 18m 6

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