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 (ŏf′ē-yo͞o′kəs, ō′fē-)
A constellation in the equatorial region near Hercules and Scorpius.

[Latin Ophiūchus, from Greek ophioukhos : ophis, serpent + okhos, holder (from ekhein, to hold; see segh- in Indo-European roots).]
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n, Latin genitive Ophiuchi (ɒˈfjuːkaɪ)
(Celestial Objects) a large constellation lying on the celestial equator between Hercules and Scorpius and containing the dark nebula, Ophiuchus Nebula
[C17: via Latin from Greek Ophioukhos, from ophis snake + ekhein to hold]
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The exoplanet is in the constellation of Ophiuchus, commonly represented as a man grasping a snake, Danos said.
Jupiter is in Ophiuchus, crossing the sky throughout the night and arriving in the southwest before sunrise.
The star has a mass slightly greater than two and half times that of the Sun, and is located approximately 150 light years from Earth in the constellation Ophiuchus.
...some people believe there is a 13th astrological sign: Ophiuchus - for those born between Nov 29 and Dec 17.
Facing north, the sprawling constellation of Ophiuchus lies below the Scorpion.
Venus appears early in the east as the Morning Star in Libra and then in Ophiuchus. Jupiter moves to Ophiuchus and appears close to Venus as a second Morning Star during December.
Beijing-Chinese astronomers have discovered the most lithium-rich giant star ever known, which could shed new light on the evolution of the universe.With 3,000 times more lithium than a normal star, it was found in the direction of Ophiuchus, on the north side of the galactic disk, at a distance of 4,500 light years from Earth, reports Xinhua news agency.The star has a mass almost 1.5 times our sun.A composite image of the supernova 1E0102.2-7219 contains X-rays from Chandra (blue and purple), visible light data from VLT's MUSE instrument (bright red), and additional data from Hubble (dark red and green).
The star, which has 1.5 times the mass and 15 times the radius of our sun, lies in the direction of the constellation Ophiuchus on the north side of the galactic disk, around 4,500 light years from Earth.
These astrological maps with the signs of the zodiac included a proposed thirteenth constellation, Ophiuchus, inserted between Scorpio and Sagittarius.
Caption: DAZZLING COLOR The giant molecular cloud in Ophiuchus includes the colorful region surrounding the multiple star system Rho Ophiuchi as well as the bright star Antares jn Scorpius, whose reflected light produces the yellowish nebulosity in this deep photo.
Saturn, in Ophiuchus, hangs below the crescent moon on the 24th.
NASA's (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/09/26/chaos-in-the-zodiac-some-virgos-are-leos-now-but-nasa-couldnt-care-less/) inclusion of a lesser-known, 13th Zodiac sign in an (http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/starfinder2/en/) online children's publication earlier this year sent shockwaves among horoscope followers. The addition, a serpent-bearing sign known as Ophiuchus, reportedly joined the traditional dozen signs based on an error in the ancient Babylonian's astrological calculations.