Ophiuchus: something to know about the new constellation of zodiac

Ophiuchus: something to know about the new constellation of zodiac

OK, it is now clear that Ophiuchus has crashed the zodiac party to the great dismay of many Sagittarius's (Sagitterii?).

Credit goes to the enigmatic ways of the Internet that the world has apparently now discovered what astronomers have known for millennia: that the twelve signs of the zodiac are about as scientifically precise as "Mission to Mars," and actually there is a thirteenth sign of the zodiac, Mr. Ophiuchus.

It is accepted that first impressions didn't go very well. But the discussion is for saying that Ophiuchus is not that a bad man. In fact, as the myth goes been able to heal the entire world and made people immortal if Zeus, out of jealousy hadn't struck him down with a thunderbolt. But at least Zeus had the heart to put Mr. Ophiuchus in the heavens and give him a nice snake to hold. Kind of like a Homeric pension plan.

Aside from all that ancient nonsense Ophiuchus also has a couple astronomical claims to fame, too. So he can't be dismissed as a poor man's Sagittarius just yet.

Out of the eighty eight constellations, Ophiuchus comes in at No. eleven in terms of amount of the sky occupied. Among the zodiac, only Virgo, number two and Aquarius number ten are bigger.

Second, Barnard's Star is included in Ophiuchus which is six light-years away - the second nearest star to us after the Alpha Centauri system. Discovered in the year of 1916, Barnard's Star is a red dwarf resembling a dim bulb that is not even visible to the naked eye on Earth.

Barnard's Star is so dim that an imaginary planet would need to rotate round the star at a distance of 5.6 million miles for receiving the same heat that the Earth gets from the sun. The Earth, by contrast, is ninety three million miles from the sun.