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Quick Facts

Name:Hercules
HER-kyou-leez
Meaning:Heracles (Proper)
Abbreviation:Her
Genitive:Herculis
Visible in Latitudes:90° thru -50°
Viewing Season:Summer
Best Seen In:July, 9:00 pm
Transit Date:June 10
Right Ascension:17.33 hours
Declination:29.9 degrees
Area:1225.148 sq. degrees

Star Diagram

Star Diagram: Hercules

About Hercules

Hercules, the son of Zeus called Heracles in mythology, is one of the oldest constellations. However, he was not known to the first Greek astronomers by either name, but rather as the Kneeling One. Heracles, in mythology, is best known for his twelve labors, which are thought to represent the Sun's passing through the twelve constellations of the zodiac.

Named Stars

 
NameStar
RasalgethiAlpha 1 Her
KornephorosBeta Her
SarinDelta Her
MarfikKappa Her
MaasymLambda Her
KajamOmega Her

Messier Objects

 
NameType
M13Globular Cluster
M92Globular Cluster

Neighboring Constellations

BoötesOphiuchus
Corona BorealisSagitta
DracoSerpens
LyraVulpecula
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