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Ophiuchus
Constellation
Abbreviation Oph
Genitive Ophiuchi
Right ascension 17
Declination 0
Area 948 sq. deg. (11th)
Main stars 10
Bayer/Flamsteed
stars
59
Stars with planets 4
Stars brighter than 3.00m 5
Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly) 8
Brightest star α Oph (Ras Alhague) (2.1m)
Nearest star Barnard's Star
ly,  pc)
Messier objects 7
Meteor showers Ophiuchids
Northern May Ophiuchids
Southern May Ophiuchids
Theta Ophiuchids
Bordering
constellations
Hercules
Serpens Caput
Libra
Scorpius
Sagittarius
Serpens Cauda
Aquila
Visible at latitudes between +80° and −80°.
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of July.

Ophiuchus (Οφιούχος: say it 'Ofi-youkus'), is one of the 88 listed constellations. In Latin, it means "serpent-holder". It is near the celestial equator, and northwest of the center of the Milky Way. Ophiuchus is on the ecliptic, but is generally not considered to be in the zodiac.

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