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The constellation of the month

Corona Borealis, Serpens [Caput]

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Latin: Corona Borealis (CrB), Serpens [Caput] (Ser)
English: Northern Crown, Head of the Serpent Spanish: Corona Boreal, Cabeza de la Serpiente
German: Nördliche Krone, Kopf der Schlange French: Couronne Boréale, Tête du Serpent

The constellation of Corona Borealis is shown in the upper part of the image and Serpens Caput below (see lines). Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown, is a compact but distinctive constellation to the right of last June's Hercules. The constellation Serpens is divided into the two parts Serpens Cauda (the tail) and the here shown Serpens Caput (the head). In between is Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer. Nevertheless it is fixed by the IAU that both parts of Serpens join to one constellation.

In mid of June they culminate at about 22:00 local time (10:00 pm). The declination of these two constellations ranges from -4 to +39 degrees.

The only bright deep sky object in the above field is the Globular Star Cluster M 5 in Serpens.

© all photographs taken by Till Credner and Sven Kohle