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Serpens – The Serpent

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

Serpens is one of the 42 constellations that represents an animal.

Symbolism: Serpens is also known as ‘The Sea Goat’

 

 

History & Mythology

One of the older constellations, its unique in the celestial sphere by being divided two, while still being classed as a single constellation. Serpens has been known by many different cultures and represents many different things for these cultures throughout history. In Greek mythology, Serpens represents a serpent held by Ophiuchus. Holding the serpents head and tail with his hands. The head is know as Caput and the tail as Cauda.

Key Data

Bordering Constellations:

Serpens Caput is bordered by constellations Hercules, Corona Borealis, Ophiuchus, Bootes, Libra & Virgo.

Serpens Cauda is bordered by constellations Scutum, Aquila, Sagittarius & Ophiuchus

Sky Chart #: 4.

Star Raking: 23rd largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars: Serpens consists of 11 main stars.

Brightest Star: Alpha Serpentis.

 

Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. Serpens has 15 stars with planets.

# 2. The pillars of creation in the Eagle Nebula are part of Serpens.  

# 3. Alpha Serpentis is the brightest star in Serpens.

 

Q&A Corner

Q. What is Serpens also known as?  

Q. How many main stars does Serpens have?

Q. What is the brightest star in Serpens?

Q. How many stars have planets in Serpens?

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

Download questions about the Serpens Constellation here: Serpens 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 Serpens Constellation visit http://www.astronomytrek.com/star-constellation-facts-serpens/

  Key Vocabulary Constellation. Star. Celestial. Sphere.

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