Hydrus as depicted by Johann Bayer in his Uranometria (1603). Source image provided by www.RareMaps.com — Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.
|Hydrus Constellation Profile
||Origin: Keyser/de Houtman
|Location: Southern Hemisphere
||Size/Area: 243 sq. deg.
||Size Rank: 61
|On Meridian: 9pm December 10th
||Best View (North):
||Best View (South):
|Bordering Constellations: Octans, Mensa, Dorado, Reticulum, Horologium, Eridanus, Phoenix, Tucana
The Myth Behind the Constellation Hydrus
Hydrus, “The Water Snake”, is one of the 12 constellations introduced by navigators Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman, two sixteenth-century Dutchman who observed the southern skies. It is another of their creations based on animals they saw on their travels. Hydrus is a male water snake, while Hydra would be a female water snake.
Hydrus Constellation Points of Interest
Interesting stars and objects.
Bright Stars in Hydrus
These are the stars in Hydrus with a minimum magnitude of 3.0.