Ophiuchus is located south of Hercules on the celestial equator. It is flanked by Virgo and Aquila and reaches its highest nightfall ascension in July. This is one of the largest constellations in the sky, but it will require a little work to locate its stars, because they are rather dim and widely scattered. Ophiuchus is home to several Messier Objects: M9, M10, M12, M14, M19, and M62. It is also home to Barnard’s Star (see Finding Barnard’s Star), a very close and very interesting stellar neighbor.
© James R. Johnson, 2014.