Serpens

noun Ser·pens \ ˈsər-ˌpenz \

Definition of Serpens

astronomy
: a northern constellation that is visible in two parts on either side of the constellation Ophiuchus and that is represented by the figure of a serpent in the grasp of a man represented by Ophiuchus
Note: The constellation Serpens is divided into two separate sections, called Serpens Caput (the “head of the serpent”) and Serpens Cauda (the “tail of the serpent”).
  • The main object of interest in Serpens Caput is the globular cluster M5, down in the south of the region, near the border with Virgo.
  • —Adrian Berry, Daily Telegraph (London)1 June 2009
  • Their latest discovery is a double star in the planetary nebula cataloged as Abell 41, located in the constellation Serpens Cauda. These stars orbit each other in only 2 hours and 43 minutes, indicating that they are extremely close together.
  • —D. E. ThomsenScience News16 Apr. 1983

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First Known Use of serpens

1715


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