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 (sûr′pənz, -pĕnz′)
A constellation in the equatorial region of the northern sky, made up of two parts, Serpens Cauda, the "tail," and Serpens Caput, the "head," both near Hercules and Ophiuchus.

[Latin Serpēns, from serpēns, serpent; see serpent.]


n, Latin genitive Serpentis (səˈpɛntɪs)
(Astronomy) a faint extensive constellation situated in the N and S equatorial regions and divided into two parts, Serpens Caput (the head) lying between Ophiuchus and Boötes and Serpens Cauda (the tail) between Ophiuchus and Aquila
[Latin: serpent]
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M 4-9, 2[degrees] 41' southwest of Eta ([eta]) Serpentis in Serpens Cauda, shows a ghostly disk even without a filter.
Sail along, so to speak, with Serpens, right through the arm of Ophiuchus to the northern part of Sagittarius and probably the best way to find the pointed tail of Serpens Cauda.
The eastern part of the constellation is Serpens Cauda, "snake tail," which is separated from the head and neck by the constellation Ophiuchus--a legendary healer holding the snake, the Greek symbol of medicine.
As published this February, Juergen Steinacker, Laurent Pagani, and their colleagues from Grenoble and Pasadena detected unexpected mid-infrared radiation from the molecular cloud L 183 in the constellation Serpens Cauda ("Head of the snake"), at a distance of 360 light-years.
5[degrees] west-northwest of the beautiful low-power double star Theta ([theta]) Serpentis (Alya), the most northerly star in the line of Serpens Cauda (the Serpent's Tail, which projects perfectly into the Great Rift).
Luckily however one splendid object lies well away from the galactic centre on the border with Serpens Cauda and Scutum.
The newly discovered planet orbits a star similar to our sun and is located in the constellation Serpens Cauda, at a distance of 1500 light-years from Earth.
Pluto is at opposition (opposite side of the Earth to the sun) in the constellation of Serpens Cauda on 16.
On the western side of Aquila, bordering the Dark Rift and the northeastern end of Serpens Cauda, you can find dark nebulae of great size, beginning with Lynds Dark Nebula 548 (B113).
If you desire especially elusive prey, set your sights on the Eagle Nebula, M16, located 2 1/2 [degrees] north-northwest of M17 in southernmost Serpens Cauda.