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Hercules
Constellation
Abbreviation Her
Genitive Herculis
Right ascension 17 h
Declination +30
Area 1225 sq. deg. (5th)
Main stars 14, 22
Bayer/Flamsteed
stars
106
Stars with planets 12
Stars brighter than 3.00m 2
Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly) 9
Brightest star β Her (2.78m)
Nearest star Gliese 661
ly,  pc)
Messier objects 2
Meteor showers Tau Herculids
Bordering
constellations

Draco (constellation)
Boötes
Corona Borealis
Serpens Caput
Ophiuchus
Aquila (constellation)
Sagitta (constellation)
Vulpecula

Lyra (constellation)
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 first constellations listed by Ptolemy and is now one of the 88 modern constellations.

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