Cancer as depicted by Johann Bayer in his Uranometria (1603). Source image provided by www.RareMaps.com — Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.
|Cancer Constellation Profile
|Location: Northern Hemisphere
||Size/Area: 506 sq. deg.
||Size Rank: 31
|On Meridian: 9pm March 15th
||Best View (North): Spring
||Best View (South):
|Bordering Constellations: Lynx, Gemini, Canis Minor, Hydra, Leo, Leo Minor
The Myth Behind the Constellation Cancer
When Hercules was fighting the Lernaean Hydra as the second of his Twelve Labors, Hera sent a huge crab to assist the Hydra by snapping at Hercules’ heels. Hercules crushed the crab and Hera placed it in the heavens as the constellation Cancer.
Cancer Constellation Points of Interest
|Interesting Objects in the Constellation Cancer
Bright Stars in Cancer
These are no stars in Cancer with a magnitude of 3.0 or brighter.