Cnc - Cancer the Crab

Intro and Visual description

A faint constellation between Gemini and Leo.

Special Stars

M44, Praesepe or Beehive (Galactic cluster), mag. 3.9. Look with binoculars for the Beehive star cluster, faintly visible to the naked eye.

Origin and History

Cancer is included in the ancient star catalogs of Eudoxos of Knidos, Aratos of Soli, and Ptolemy.

Skylore, Literature and Culture

Sent by Juno to kill Hercules, who squashed it with his foot.

Asterisms: Asses and the Manger.