Intro and Visual description
Between Scorpius and Hercules.
Contains Barnard’s star, the third closest star to the earth (after the Sun and Alpha Centauri). Barnard’s star is a dim red dwarf 6 light-years away.
Origin and History
Ophiuchus is included in the ancient star catalogs of Eudoxos of Knidos, Aratos of Soli, and Ptolemy.
Skylore, Literature and Culture
Represents Aesculapius, the Roman god of medicine and healing.