Hercules (constellation) facts for kids
Hergenitive = Herculis
|Area||1225 sq. deg. (5th)|
|Main stars||14, 22|
|Stars with planets||15|
|Stars brighter than 3.00m||2|
|Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly)||9|
|Brightest star||β Her (Kornephoros) (2.78m)|
|Nearest star||Gliese 661
(20.62 ly, 6.32 pc)
|Meteor showers||Tau Herculids|
|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.
Images for kids
Traditional view of the Hercules constellation highlighting the quadrangle which forms the Keystone asterism.
Hercules (constellation) Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.