Hydrus Constellation Myths and Facts

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Hydrus Constellation Myths and Facts2017-11-17T21:34:23+00:00

Hydrus: The Water Snake

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Hydrus

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
Abbreviation: Hyi Genitive: Hydri 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.

Name Bayer Name Magnitude Color Luminosity Distance
Beta Hydri Beta Hydri 2.82  Yellow 3.8 suns 24 ly
Alpha Hydri Alpha Hydri 2.86  Yellow-White 32 suns 71 ly