Cancer
(The Constellation)
Kylie Sobol

Location

You can see Cancer in the month of March. March is the time that Cancer is the most visible.

When can we see Cancer?

You can see cancer in the month of March. In March Cancer is the most visible.

History Behind Cancer

Cancer was the location of the Sun's most northerly position in the sky (the summer solstice) in ancient times, though this position now occurs in Taurus due to the precision of the equinoxes. around June 21. Now you can only see Cancer in March. This is also the time that the sun is directly overhead at 23.5°N, a parallel now known as the Tropic of Cancer.

Cancer's Composition

Cancer is a medium-size constellation with an area of 506 square degrees and its stars are rather faint, its brightest star Beta Cancri, having an apparent magnitude of 3.5. It contains two stars with known planets including 55 Cancri.

Mythology

The constellation of Cancer represents the giant crab that attacked Hercules during the second of his 12 labors he performed as penance for killing his family. It was sent by the jealous goddess Hera thwart Hercules as he battled the water serpent Hydra, but he killed it with his club. In astrology,  Cancer is the fourth sign of the Zodiac and represents those born between June 20 to July 22. It is considered a water sign and is one of the four cardinal signs, which are signs that indicate a change of season when the sun makes its annual passage into them.

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