Cancer: The CrabCancer is a constellation, also known as the crab. You cansee the stars that make up cancer during the winter in the easternhemisphere. Cancer got its name from a Greek myth about “crabs. “TheCrab fought the Greek hero heracles (Hercules) as he attacked theHydra, and many-headed monsters.
This constellation is a zodiacal constellation. That is one ofthe constellation in the ecliptic. The apparent annual path of thesun though the sky. Ancient Greeks discovered that the sun entered Cancer at theSummer solstice. At which time the sun is 23 degrees and 27inches north.
For that reason, that parallel of latitude was calledthe Tropic of Cancer. Which is a loose cluster of more than 300faint stars, known as Praesepe or the Beehive, is a feature of theconstellation.Order now