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Zodiac: Cancer
Jun 22 - Jul 22
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Cancer (Cancer)

According to the ancient myth, the Crab attacked Hercules while he was fighting the Hydra. However, Herkules smashed it with a strong footstep.
Even though the Crab is the least prominent constellations in the zodiac, there are some very nice observing objects in it. The most popular is Beehive Cluster (M44, NGC2632). It is an open star cluster consisting of about 75 stars. With an area of three times the size of the moon, it covers a large area in the sky. It can be best observed with a pair of binoculars.
Another nice observing object is M67 (NGC 2682), though it only well visible with a telescope.
This constellation belongs to the zodiac. Its time of the year is between June 22 and July 22. This constellation does not belong to the zodiac. It's brightest star is β Cancri.
Neighboring constellations are Gemini, Canis Minor, Hydra, Leo, Leo Minor, and Lynx. Have a look at our full list of all constellations.
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Latin name:  Cancer (Cnc)
English name:  Cancer
Abbreviation:  Cnc
Zodiac:  June 22 - July 22
Brightest star:  β Cancri
Historic illustration of the Crab.

Objects in Cancer

A selection of interesting objects visible with a telescope.
M44 (NGC 2632, Beehive Cluster)
an open star cluster in the constellation Cancer
Image credit: Atlas Image [or Atlas Image mosaic] obtained as part of the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS), a joint project of the University of Massachusetts and the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center/California Institute of Technology, funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation.

M67 (NGC 2682)
an open star cluster in the constellation Cancer
Image credit: ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2, Davide De Martin

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