n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Hydra the multi-headed serpent : deep-sky delights

Volume 72, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



Hydra, the female Water Snake, is the longest of today's 88 known constellations, stretching from the Libra up to the northern constellation Cancer - more than 3% of the entire night sky (see starmap). It is quite a challenge to deal with this expansive constellation in one article, especially as it contains exceptionally magnificent objects that make a visit to the constellation decidedly worthwhile.

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