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Hydrus(hÿ -drŭs) (Water Snake) A small constellation in the southern hemisphere lying between the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. Its brightest star, Beta (β) Hydri, is of magnitude 2.8 and is the nearest conspicuous star to the south pole. Abbrev.: Hyi; genitive form: Hydri; approx. position: RA 2h, dec –70°; area: 243 sq deg.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
(the Water Snake), a constellation of the southern hemisphere; its brightest stars have visual stellar magnitudes of 2.9 and 2.8. It is not visible from the USSR. (SeeSTELLAR SKY.)
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
A southern constellation, right ascension 2 hours, declination 75°S. Also known as Water Snake.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.