Ophiuchus /ɒfiˈjuːkəs/ is a lairge constellation locatit aroond the celestial equator. Its name is frae the Greek Ὀφιοῦχος "serpent-bearer", an it is commonly representit as a man graspin the snake that is representit bi the constellation Serpens. Ophiuchus wis ane o the 48 constellations leetit bi the 2nt-century astronomer Ptolemy, an it remains ane o the 88 modren constellations. It wis umwhile referred tae as Serpentarius /sɜːrpənˈtɛəriəs/ an Anguitenens.

Ophiuchus
Constellation
Ophiuchus
AbbreviationOph
GenitiveOphiuchi
Pronunciation/ɒfiˈjuːkəs/ Ophiúchus,
genitive /ɒfiˈjuːk/
Seembolismthe serpent-bearer
Richt ascension17 h
Declination−8°
QuadrantSQ3
Aurie948 sq. deg. (11t)
Main starns10
Bayer/Flamsteed
stars
62
Starns wi planets13
Starns brichter than 3.00m5
Starns within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly)11
Brichtest starnα Oph (Ras Alhague) (2.08m)
Nearest starnBarnard's Starn
(5.98 ly, 1.83 pc)
Messier objects7
Meteor showersOphiuchids
Northern May Ophiuchids
Southern May Ophiuchids
Theta Ophiuchids
Borderin
constellations
Hercules
Serpens
Libra
Scorpius
Sagittarius
Aquila
Veesible at latitudes atween +80° an −80°.
Best veesible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) durin the month o Julie.

Coordinates: Sky map 17h 00m 00s, +00° 00′ 00″