Hydra, spanning 1303 square degrees of the sky, is the largest constellation. Hydra is located in the skies of the southern hemisphere and was first named by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy in the second century.
Hydra is part of the Hercules family of constellations. Despite its large size, the constellation has very few prominent features. Alphard is a second magnitude star and the brightest object in the constellation. Hydra also contains two magnitude 3 yellow giant stars. The Southern Pinwheel Galaxy, which is one of the closest and brightest barred spiral galaxies in the sky, can be found situated between Hydra and Centaurus.Learn More
Capricornus is one of 12 constellations that make up the Zodiac constellations, according to Science.com. It is found in the southern hemisphere, as a faint constellation located above Cancer.Full Answer >
The Pegasus constellation is visible in the Northern Hemisphere from the end of summer through autumn. The Southern Hemisphere is able to view the constellation in late winter through spring.Full Answer >
The constellation Cygnus is best visible at 9 p.m. during the month of September in the northern hemisphere. It is known as the Northern Cross, as opposed to the Southern Cross. Cygnus is the Greek word for "swan."Full Answer >
The Lacerta constellation was invented by Johannes Hevelius during the 17th century. It is known for the five stars that make a "W" shape. The Milky Way flows through part of this constellation, and the Lacerta, or lizard, is a faint constellation located between Cygnus and Andromeda.Full Answer >