Ophiuchus


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Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer, depicts Asclepius, Greek hero (one of the Argonauts) and the founder of medicine. He holds the Serpent (Serpens) - still symbolizing that profession.


Ophiuchus is crowdewd with globular clusters. It also contains numerous dark nebulae of which Snake Nebula probably presents the most striking sight.


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