Map created in Guide 7.0 with the figure outline based on Johannes Hevelius' Uranographia (1690). Click on the object's name to access its image or click on the name of adjacent constellation to see its map.
Cancer, the Crab, is the fourth and the least distinct zodiacal constellation. Its brightest star, b Cancri, shines at magnitude 3.5. In Greek myths, Cancer represented the sea crab sent by Hera to bite Hercules.
Cancer contains large naked-eye star cluster M44 (also called Beehive or Preasepe) as well as M67 - one of the oldest open star clusters.
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