Of the 88 constellations found in our night sky, Hydra is the largest. Hydra (or the water snake) covers just under 4 percent of our sky. It is best viewed from the southern hemisphere but those in the north can, generally, catch a glimpse between January and May. The largest stars within this particular constellation are M48, M68, M83, and Alphard.
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While Hydra is the largest constellation, Orion is probably the most prominent and well known of the 88 recognized constellations. Most clearly seen in the winter sky, it contains more clusters of stars than any other constellation. Betelgeuse and Rigel, two of the brightest stars in the night sky help compose Orion.
The second largest constellation is Virgo. It is approximately 65 million light-years from Earth.
Hydra is the largest constellation. It is found in the southern hemisphere. The name Hydra comes from Latin, literally meaning water snake. The constellation itself is in the shape of a snake.
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