What Are Some Interesting Facts About the Constellation Cancer?


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Some interesting facts about the constellation Cancer are that it represents a crab and is one of the 12 constellations that are found in the Zodiac. These are constellations that follow the path of the sun around the sky.

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The sun is in the constellation Cancer between June 20 and July 21. It is considered a water sign.

The crab that is represented in Cancer is the one sent by the goddess Hera to attack Hercules as he battled the hydra, a multiheaded water serpent. Defeating the hydra was one of Hercules' 12 labors, which were his punishment for the slaying of his family. However, Hercules killed the crab, and it was set in the stars as a constellation, along with Hercules and the hydra.

Cancer can be seen in the Northern Hemisphere in the spring and in the Southern Hemisphere in the fall. However, it is a faint constellation.

Though a person would expect that the brightest star in Cancer would be Alpha Cancri, it is Beta Cancri. Beta Cancri is a binary star system and both stars have planets. At least one is a planet more massive than Earth, and at least two are gas giants, such as the planets Jupiter or Saturn.

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