English Name: The Little Water Snake
Hemisphere: Southern Hemisphere (Never visible from the UK.)
Location: Between the constellations of Reticulum and Tucana.
Visible between latitudes: +05 and -90 degrees
Best season: Late Autumn / Early Winter
Seen in three seasons: Autumn, Winter and Spring
Best seen in: November/ December
Seen between: October to Late December
Right Ascension (RA): 02 hour
Declination (DEC): -75 degrees
Area (square degrees): 243 (61st)
Hydrus (The Little Water Snake)
- Hydrus is a small constellation in the far-southern skies
- Its name means “male water snake”, and it should not be confused with Hydra (The Water Snake), a much larger constellation which represents a female water snake.
- No Messier objects in Hydrus.
Features of Interest
- IC 1717 – Not known very well; it’s safe to say no-one really knows what it is – but in time with future research they may very well find the answers to all their questions.
- Alpha Hydri
- Photo of the constellation; Hydrus, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart – Hydrus
- List of stars in Hydrus.
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