Hydra, The Water Snake

By:Taylor Hillman


Hydra is the largest of the 88 modern constellations, measuring 1303 square degrees. Also one of the longest at over 100 degrees, its southern end abuts Libra and Centaurus and its northern end borders Cancer.[1] It has a long history, having been included among the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy. It is commonly represented as a water snake. It should not be confused with the similarly named constellation of Hydrus.


The Myth Story Behind Hydra

Hydra was a two-headed snake every time you cut off a head it doubled hydra killed many men and women finally Hercules came along and tried to kill the snake but first he had to make a plan so Hercules and his nephew stump the heads with hot iron as soon as they hit the ground but juno the crab kept pinching Hercules so Hercules fought off juno and killed hydra.