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Abbreviation:  Hyi
English Name:  The Little Water Snake
Genitive: Hydri
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.

Messier Objects

  • 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.

Named Stars

  • 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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