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The constellation Serpens is very unique in many different ways The most noticeable is that it lays in two parts Serpens Caput which is the head of the serpent and Serpens Cauda the tail of the serpent These two separate constellations are joined to form one of the largest constellations in the sky Serpens is also very unique because it is joined by another constellation Ophiuchus Ophiuchus is a man holding onto the serpent These two constellations appear right next to the Milky Way causing many star formations and exciting stellar activity within the two constellations Moore 128 In 1604 a supernova with a magnitude of 25 appeared next to the right leg of Ophiuchus and dissipated in 1605 This supernova is known as Keplers Supernova There are only three records of supernovas appearing in this galaxy and this one is included Because Ophiuchus and Serpens occupy such a wide celestial field in the West Side of the Milky Way it is constantly being observed for new stellar activity MYTH AND HISTORY A mortal woman named Eoronius lay on a hillside preparing to give birth and she was with a man named Ischys As Coronius waited for her son the babys father Apollo looked down upon earth and witnessed Ischys with his lover Apollo became insanely jealous and strung a bow piercing Coronius with an arrow Coronius cried out You could have let me bear your child Now in my one person two will parish Apollo not meaning to kill his unborn son as well quickly swooped down and snatched the boy from Coronius lifeless womb Apollo took his newly born son Ophiuchus also called Aesculapius in Greek mythology to the cave of Chiron the Centaur During Ophiuchuss stay with Chiron he taught the young boy the art of healing and of medicine One day as Ophiuchus practiced his lesson he came upon a snake which looked very deadly and poisonous He quickly
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