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Serpens Cauda

The Serpent’s Tail

Right Ascension17h14 to 18h56
Declination+6.3° to -16.0°
Area (sq deg)208
Brightest StarEta Serpentis
Optimum VisibilityJune
Map of Serpens Cauda Map of Serpens Cauda
Relative Galactic Position of Serpens Cauda

Although not a particularly large group of stars in terms of area, the Serpent's Tail lies in a position in the sky that commands a significant portion of the Milky Way galaxy.

Serpens Cauda is a not a constellation in its own right - it represents the smaller part of the group of stars known collectively as Serpens, the Serpent, which is divided in two by Ophiuchus, the Serpent Holder.


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