Hercules


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Hercules was commemorated with the ancient Babylonian constellation depicting Ninurta (god of war) sometime in the second century B.C. It seems more than fit. especially that some of the beasts he killed during his Twelve Labors were already recognized in the sky (Cancer, Draco, Hydra, Leo) as well as his arrow (Sagitta).


M13 globular cluster is without a doubt everybody's first target in this area of the sky.


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Jan Wisniewski