Abell 43 lies in northern Ophiuchus, roughly midway between 2nd-magnitude Alpha (a) Ophiuchi (Rasalhague
) and 3.7-magnitude 72 Ophiuchi.
Ophiuchus's top star, marking his head, is fairly bright: Rasalhague
, Alpha ([alpha]) Ophiuchi.
It appears for a moment that each segment of text will have an associated texture or motive (a given strand of music or text will often have a distinct unifying element, like the voice's obsessive returns to e" during the "Rasalhague
" setting), but this possibility is subverted by the appearances and disappearances of textures and instruments at points that do not neatly coincide with beginnings and endings of textual groups.
The first syllable of the name Rasalgethi also appears in the names of two other prominent stars that are at their highest at almost exactly the same time as Rasalgethi: Rastaban (Beta Draconis in the head of the Dragon) and Rasalhague
(Alpha Ophiuchi in the head of the Serpent-Bearer).
But it's fairly easy to locate to the east of Lyra and above Rasalhague
, the brightest star in its sector of the sky.
The easiest way to find this star is to start with nearby Alpha Ophiuchi (Rasalhague
), the brightest star in the huge chunk of sky that's bounded by Antares on the bottom, Vega on top, Altair on the left, and Arcturus on the right.
Sprawling and mostly dim, Ophiuchus has a fairly bright, 2nd-magnitude head--Alpha (a) Ophiuchi, also known as Rasalhague
Ophiuchus's top star, marking his head, is fairly bright; this is Rasalhague
, Alpha (a) Ophiuchi.
Some 25[degrees] to their east (left in the Northern Hemisphere) is Rasalhague
(Alpha Ophiuchi), the brightest star in its sector of sky by a fair margin.
Last month I discussed its Alpha star, Rasalhague
; superhot Zeta ([zeta]) Ophiuchi; and dim Barnard's Star.
The brightest star of Ophiuchus is Rasalhague
, marking the Serpent Bearer's head.
His starry head, Rasalgethi, is near the head of Ophiuchus, Rasalhague
, as though our hero is offering help with the monstrous serpent that Ophiuchus is wrestling.