Ophiuchus, “The Serpent-Bearer”, represents Asclepius, a legendary physician who was the son of Apollo and Coronis. He was educated by the centaur Chiron (see Centaurus), and was said to have learned the medicinal power of plants from a snake (see Serpens). He became so skilled at healing that he could raise the dead. This upset Hades, god of the underworld, who convinced Zeus to kill Asclepius. Zeus struck him down with a thunderbolt and placed the healer in the night sky, along with his serpent, Serpens.
Ophiuchus Constellation Points of Interest
Interesting Objects in the Constellation Ophiuchus
Bright Stars in Ophiuchus
These are the stars in Ophiuchus with a minimum magnitude of 3.0.