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Hercules
Constellation
Abbreviation

Her

genitive = Herculis
Pronunciation /ˈhɜːrkjʊlz/,
genitive /ˈhɜːrkjʊlɪs/
Symbolism Heracles
Right ascension 17h
Declination +30°
Quadrant NQ3
Area 1225 sq. deg. (5th)
Main stars 14, 22
Bayer/Flamsteed
stars
106
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)
Messier objects 2
Meteor showers Tau 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.

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