n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Ophiuchus, the herb healer : deep-sky delights

Volume 70, Issue 7_8
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



Ophiuchus is one of these shady constellations that bring a feeling of mystique to the observer. Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer was known in ancient times as the herb healer, but there is also a thought that the constellation was named after a Polish king. However, popular largely because the star formation is very large - eleventh in size out of the 88 constellations and home too many globular clusters. If you have to look for globular clusters in just about all the categories then Ophiuchus offers quite a variety. But it is also a constellation with a few surprises apart from being a globular home town. Let's explore this out-of-the-ordinary constellation which is perhaps neglected to some extent because of famous neighbours.

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