Cancer (constellation)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Cancer
Cancer
Click for larger image
List of stars in Cancer
Abbreviation: Cnc
Genitive: Cancri
Symbology: the Crab
Right ascension: 9 h
Declination: +20°
Area: 506 sq. deg. (31st)
Main stars: 5
Bayer/Flamsteed stars: 76
Stars known to have planets: 1
Bright stars: 0
Nearby stars: 2
Brightest star: β Cnc (Altarf) (3.5m)
Nearest star: DX Cnc (11.8 ly)
Messier objects: 2
Meteor showers: Delta Cancrids
Bordering constellations: Lynx
Gemini
Canis Minor
Hydra
Leo
Leo Minor (corner)
Visible at latitudes between +90° and −60°
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of March


Cancer (pronounced /ˈkænsɚ/) is one of the twelve constellations of the zodiac. The name is Latin for crab. Its symbol is (Unicode ♋). Cancer is small and the stars are dim. It is between Gemini to the west and Leo to the east, Lynx to the north and Canis Minor and Hydra to the south.

References[change | edit source]

Other websites[change | edit source]