The peculiarity of the constellation Serpent (lat. Serpens) is that it consists of two elongated star chains interrupted byOphiuchus. In the eastern part you may see the head of the Serpent, which is represented by a triangle. It is one of the 48 constellations of antiquity.
How to spot Serpens
Serpens covers an area of 637 square degrees. Together with Ophiuchus an area of 1,585 square degrees is covered, so the two connected constellations are even larger than the single largest constellationHydra. Serpens can be seen in both hemispheres, preferably in summer. Near the constellation are theCorona Borealis,VirgoandHercules.
According to ancient mythology, the constellation is the serpent that helped the physician Asclepius bring the dead back to life. He watched as the snakes revived each other with herbs and applied those to the dead son of King Minos. This displeased the God of the underworld, Hades, who asked his brother Zeus to end the life of Asclepius. Zeus granted Hades this request and had the doctor killed by anarrowof a barbaric centaur. To appease Apollo, Zeus placed Asclepios as Ophiuchus with the serpent in the sky.
Even today, the symbol of healing is represented by the Aesculapius with a serpent.