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  Hydra - The Sea Serpent
Hydra, the sea serpent, may be the longest and largest of all constellations, but its stars are very faint.
Hydra is the longest constellation in the sky and is also the largest in terms of area.
Hydra is the longest constellation in the sky (>90 degrees) and is also the largest in terms of area.
www.windows.ucar.edu /the_universe/hydra.html   (532 words)

Hydra is another constellation having to do with snakes, for the Hydra itself or herself is a water snake, and Hydra is the feminine form of the word (Hydrus the masculine form).
Finally, and for our constellation, most importantly, she is the mother of the Lernaean Hydra, the Hydra of Lerna, who, by the time of the Greeks, had become of monstrous multi-headed monster whom Heracles (Hercules) killed.
Allen cites another definition of the sky Hydra as the winding course of the moon: "For an unknown period its winding course symbolized that of the moon; hence the latter's nodes are called the Dragon's Head and Tail" (1963 [1899], 249).
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 Chandra :: Photo Album :: Constellation Hydra
The story behind the name: The constellation Hydra is most closely associated with the legend of the second labor of Heracles, which may echo a Babylonian legend in which the hero Gilgamesh killed a seven-headed monster.
The Hydra was a fresh-water serpent born to Echidne and Typhon.
Hydra terrorized the district, disrupting the sacred rites.
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 Star Tales – Hydra
Hydra is the largest of the 88 constellations, winding a quarter of the way around the sky.
The Hydra was a multi-headed creature, the offspring of the monster Typhon and the half-woman, half-serpent called Echidna.
Hydra was thus the brother of the dragon that guarded the golden apples, commemorated in the constellation Draco.
www.ianridpath.com /startales/hydra.htm   (480 words)

 Hydra, mythology, history, characteristics and observations by telescope
The constellation of Hydra is observable during the months of winter until the beginning of the summer, but depending on the months sectors different from the constellation are observed.
Hydra in its Eastern sector limits the north with Cancer, Leo and Sextans, to the east with Canis Minor and Monoceros and to the south with Puppis, Pyxis and Antlia.
Hydra I located the 1 of January of 1982 at the age of 14 years from the Majorcan locality of Inca, Majorca, Spain to it.
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As a constellation Hydra sinuously winds down from the northern hemisphere, bordering Cancer, to as far in the southern hemisphere as Centaurus, stretching out to around one hundred degrees in the process.
All in all, Hydra's stars are of average brilliance, except for Alphard (alpha Hydrae).
Beta Hydrae is a pair of nearly equal stars (4.5, 5) at PA 8º and a separation of 0.9".
www.dibonsmith.com /hya_con.htm   (1581 words)

 Hydra (constellation) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hydra (IPA: /ˈhʌɪdrə/) is the largest of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy.
Epsilon Hydrae (ε Hya) is a binary star with components of magnitudes 3.3 and 6.8, separated by 2.7 arcseconds.
N Hydrae (N Hya) is a pair of stars of magnitudes 5.8 and 5.9.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Hydra_(constellation)   (642 words)

 Hydra   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Check out the Hydra Region page which is part of the Texas Astronomical Society's Constellation of the Month Series.
Hydra, also called the serpent of Lerna, was a beast with the body of a hound and 100 serpentine heads.
Corvus (the crow) and a new, reduced Hydra.
www.astro.wisc.edu /~dolan/constellations/constellations/Hydra.html   (271 words)

 The Stories of the Constellations - Hydra   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Hydra forms one of the boundaries of the portion of the sky referred to as the Sea.
In 4000 BC, this constellation appeared to be centered in the sky at midnight on the winter solstice.
India: known as the serpent Vritra, representation of evil and night, this constellation is prominent during the time of the winter solstice.
www.ufrsd.net /staffwww/stefanl/myths/hydra.htm   (413 words)

 Cancer (constellation) - Free Encyclopedia of Thelema   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
In astronomy and astrology, Cancer (♋;), Latin for crab, is one of the twelve constellations of the zodiac.
It lies between Gemini to the west and Leo to the east, Lynx to the north and Canis Minor and Hydra to the south.
As the constellation vaguely resembles a crab, it may, together with the Hydra constellation, form the basis of the myth of the Lernaean Hydra, one of The Twelve Labours of Herakles, with which it is associated.
www.egnu.org /thelema/index.php/Cancer   (352 words)

 Software Bisque
It is the brother of the snake represented in the constellation Draco.
Hercules was given the task of killing this monster as the second of his twelve labors.
The Hydra is also mentioned in the myth of Corvus the Crow.
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 CRAM Science - Print View
As far as bona fide constellations go, there are a total of 88 official ones recognized by modern astronomers, which may sound daunting to a novice stargazer, but if you step outside tonight and focus your gaze toward the southern horizon, chances are you'll be staring at one in particular: Hydra (pronounced HIGH-druh).
Hydra is an interesting, although less well-known constellation for a number of reasons.
Hydra is also the largest and longest constellation in the night sky, spanning about 90 degrees (or about half the distance between opposite horizons).
www.cramscience.ca /drcramarticlepv.php?a=18   (680 words)

 Hawaiian Astronomical Society Deepsky Atlas - Hydra
Killing Hydra was easier said than done, since one of the heads was immortal and the others were almost as bad.
Starting at the Hydra's tail, and proceeding west and north to its head these maps display stars to magnitude 10, and deepsky objects to magnitude 12.
NGC3621 (Bennett 46) is a spiral galaxy located 3.3° WSW of Xi Hydrae (in the south-central portion of the constellation).
www.hawastsoc.org /deepsky/hya/index.html   (1044 words)

 Peoria Astronomical Society - Learning Topics-Hydra (The Water Snake)
Hydra, the Water Snake, is best seen from the Southern Hemisphere, but is visible during the months of January through May in the Northern Hemisphere.
Hydra guards the cup of water from Corvus, the Crow, forever denying him, a drink of water.
According to Babylonian mythology, Hydra the Water snake is Tiamat, the dragon of Chaos.
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 Constellation of the Month: Hydra, Corvus & Crater; The Water Serpent, The Crow & The Cup.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
This Hydra is not the same multi-headed beast that Hercules fought in his second labor, as this Hydra is always pictured with only one head.
The constellations are situated rather low in the sky, (from our point of view in the northern hemisphere) as only the head of Hydra rises north 0 degrees Declination.
Hydra, the largest constellation, stretches across the sky from 8 hours 11.5 minutes at its western border to 15 hours 2.5 minutes at its eastern edge, and from north 6 degrees 39 minutes declination to south 35 degrees 39.5 minutes declination.
www.umich.edu /~lowbrows/guide/hydra.html   (1256 words)

 Constellation Hydra   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The swamps of Lerna was home of the Hydra, an enormous water snake with nine heads (one of which was immortal), and with breath that would kill on contact.
Then at Hydra's plea, a giant crab emerged from the swamp and bit into Hercules' foot.
Another story about Hydra describes him not as a dragon-monster but as a water serpent.
www.coldwater.k12.mi.us /lms/planetarium/myth/hydra.html   (390 words)

 Virgo Constellation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The constellation is very hard one to identify its shape because most of stars are fainter than third magnitude excepting Spica, alpha Virginis.
Around the center of the constellation of Virgo, M49 is a member elliptic galaxy of The Virgo Cluster in where the galaxy is positioned at fairly southern part.
Same as various constellations formed by connecting characteristic stars, the Markarian's chain is, as it were, like a kind of constellation composed of galaxies.
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 SPACE.com -- NightSky Friday - Explore a Constellation: The Water Snake
Hydras trail of faint stars finally ends in a distant tail below Virgo and reaching almost as far to the east as Libra, the Scales.
Hydra is slithering underneath faint Sextans, the Sextant, Crater, the Cup, and brighter Corvus, the Crow.
But the star Epsilon Hydrae is a multiple star system: a close pair that takes 15.3 years to orbit each other with a third star orbiting around the close pair and taking about 650 years to make one complete revolution.
www.space.com /spacewatch/hydra_constellation_040409.html   (1009 words)

 The Mythology of the Constellations: Hydra   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
This constellation represents the Lernaean Hydra, slain by Hercules as his second labor.
The Hydra was a multi-headed monster--according to Diodorus (first century B.C.), it had a hundred heads; Simonides (sixth century B.C.) said it had fifty.
What made the Hydra so difficult was the fact that, whenever one of its heads was chopped off, two would grow in its place.
www.comfychair.org /~cmbell/myth/hydra.html   (191 words)

 Celestial snake slithers through sky - Space.com - MSNBC.com
Perhaps that’s why when the constellation of Hercules stands triumphantly overhead on summer evenings, the tail of the constellation Hydra is slithering out of sight below the southwest horizon.
But the star Epsilon Hydrae is a multiple star system: a close pair of stars that take 15.3 years to orbit each other, with a third star orbiting around the close pair and taking about 650 years to make one complete revolution.
In addition, Corvus was forever fixed in the sky along with the Cup (Crater) and the Snake (Hydra), doomed to everlasting thirst by the guardianship of the Hydra over the Cup and its contents.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/4705166   (850 words)

 Hydra - The Constellation Home Page
Hydra was a monstrous water snake who lived in the marshes of Lema, often attacking the people of the nearby country of Argos.
The constellation of Hydra is both the largest and longest of all the constellations, spanning almost 7 hours of Right Ascension, and covering over 1300 square degrees.
The attendant constellations of Corvus, Crater, and Sextans seem to ride on the back of Hydra as it winds across the sky.
www.astromax.com /con-page/winter/hya-01.htm   (516 words)

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