Cancer (astronomy)

Cancer (astronomy)

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Cancer It is one of the 12 constellations of the Zodiac, the fourth, in which the Sun reached, two thousand years ago, its maximum height to the north of Ecuador (around 23 degrees and 27 minutes) on the day of the Summer Solstice (21 of June).

Cancer takes its name from the Greek myth of the crab that wounded the Greek hero Heracles (better known by his Latin name, Hercules) during his fight with the Hydra, a multi-headed monster.

Cancer is a zodiacal constellation, that is, one of the constellations found in the ecliptic or annual apparent path of the Sun through the celestial vault.

This constellation is characterized by having a cluster of more than 300 weak stars, known as the Manger.

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