Hercules (constellation)

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Hercules
Constellation
Hercules
AbbreviationHer genitive = Herculis
Pronunciation/ˈhɜːrkjʊlz/,
genitive /ˈhɜːrkjʊlɪs/
SymbolismHeracles
Right ascension 17h
Declination+30°
QuadrantNQ3
Area1225 sq. deg. (5th)
Main stars14, 22
Bayer/Flamsteed
stars
106
Stars with planets15
Stars brighter than 3.00m2
Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly)9
Brightest starβ Her (Kornephoros) (2.78m)
Messier objects2
Meteor showersTau Herculids
Bordering
constellations
Draco
Boötes
Corona Borealis
Serpens Caput
Ophiuchus
Aquila
Sagitta
Vulpecula
Lyra
Visible at latitudes between +90° and −50°.
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of July.

Hercules is a constellation in the northern part of the sky. It represents the mythological Hercules of Greek mythology. It was one of the 48 constellations listed by an astronomer known as Ptolemy around the year 150 CE. It is now one of the 88 modern constellations on the International Astronomical Union's list.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Constellation". COSMOS - The SAO Encyclopedia of Astronomy. Retrieved 6 July 2019.