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Cancer (Crab)

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Cancer contains an open cluster called the 'Beehive Cluster' or 'The Gate of Men', which contains the star ε Cancri.

In Greek Mythology, Cancer 'the crab' was sent by the Goddess of Hera playing a minor role in the 'Twelve Labors of Hercules.' It is said that Cancer pinched Hercules' toe but was crushed by Hercules' foot. Hera gave Cancer a place in the sky for his efforts but none of its stars were bright due to Cancer being killed.

Neighbouring Constellations

Lynx (Lynx)

Gemini (Twins)

Canis Minor (Little Dog)

Hydra (Sea Serpent)

Leo (Lion)

Leo Minor (Little Lion)

Picture of Cancer