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Title:  Hydra
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Rev 12:3,4 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was eady to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

HYDRA, an astronomical constellation of great length. It is located almost entirely within the southern hemisphere of the heavens, south of Cancer, Sextans, Corvus, and Virgo, and at its northern extremity it crosses the celestial equator between Sextans and Canis Minor. Hydra is sometimes called the Water Monster; representations of it on ancient star maps give it the figure of a serpent. Its most prominent star is Alphard. Universal Standard Encyclopedia

Hydra: Like a number of other constellations, the Hydra concerns the story of Heracles' labours...Having killed the Nemean Lion...Heracles sets off to find the Hydra. This was a gigantic dog-like beast with many heads. Some say it had seven, others as many as fifty. Euripides, with characteristic exaggeration, gave it ten thousand...Seven is usually the accepted number, possibly because of the seven rivers in this part of the Peloponnesian peninsula, tributaries of the river Amymone...One of these heads was immortal, which meant the beast was immortal. Its breath was deadly, and if one even smelled its tracks, he would die...

The Constellations Web Page
Richard Dibon-Smith

Hydra is a very weird constellation. It is the largest constellation in the sky (with Virgo close behind), but is strung out from Libra to Canis Minor along the southern horizon over 90 degrees. Believe it or not, it used to be even bigger...[but] it was split into four parts. Various stellar cartographers, including Flamsteed and Hevelius, broke the old Hydra into Sextans (the sextant), Crater (the cup), Corvus (the crow) and a new, reduced Hydra.

Chris Dolan

Hydra--the Water Serpent [And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.--Rev 13:1]

The Hydra had nine heads, of which the middle one was immortal. Hercules struck off its heads with his club, but in the place of the head knocked off, two new ones grew forth each time. At length with the assistance of his faithful servant Iolaus, he burned away the heads of the Hydra, and buried the ninth or immortal one under a huge rock.

Bullfinch's Mythology

[And I saw one of his [beast] heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.--Rev 13:3]

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