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Ophiuchus – The Serpent Holder

Ophiuchus is one of the 88 constellations within the celestial sphere.

Ophiuchus is one of the 17 constellations that represents a mythological character.

Symbolism: Ophiuchus is also known as ‘The Serpent Holder’ 



History & Mythology

Ophiuchus has been known by many different cultures and represents many different things for these cultures throughout history. In Greek mythology, Ophiuchus represents a healer called Aesculapius who was said to be able to revive the dead. In the night sky the healer is holding a snake, which is a symbol for healing. The constellation is large however not very prominent. Ophiuchus sits between constellations Scorpius & Sagittarius.   

Key Data

Bordering Constellations: Ophiuchus is bordered by constellations Aquila, Hercules, Sagittarius, Serpens, Scorpius & Libra.

Sky Chart #: 4.

Star Raking: 11th largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars: Ophiuchus consists of 10 main stars.

Brightest Star: Alpha Ophiuchi.


Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. Ophiuchus has 15 stars with planets.

# 2. Barnard’s star in Ophiuchus is Red Dwarf 6 light-years from Earth.

# 3. Alpha Ophiuchi is the brightest star Ophiuchus.


Q&A Corner

Q. What is Ophiuchus also known as?

Q. How many main stars does Ophiuchus have?

Q. What are the brightest star in Ophiuchus ?

Q. How many stars have planets in Ophiuchus?

Q. What number star ranking is Ophiuchus in the celestial sphere?

Download questions about the Ophiuchus Constellation here: Ophiuchus Constellation (answers are on this page)

Teachers. For more in depth work sheets on constellations. Click on Kidskonnect Worksheets  

For further reading and more information on the Ophiuchus Constellation visit

  Key Vocabulary Constellation. Star. Celestial. Sphere.


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