Cancer, also known as Crab, Crustacean Karkinos, Carcinus, Giant Crab or The Crab, is a constellation in the night sky which borders Leo, Hydra, Gemini, Leo Minor, Lynx and Canis Minor. Cancer has 5 main stars and 10 of its stars has planets. The brightest star in Cancer is Altarf (Beta Cancri).
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Stars within Cancer are: Beta Cancri (Tarf, Altarf), Gliese 299, Zeta Cancri (Tegmen, Tegmine), Delta Cancri (Asellus Australis), 55 Cancri A, Iota Cancri, DX Cancri, Epsilon Cancri, RX J08-6.3+1527, HIP 41378, Mu2 Cancri, WD J0914+1914, IC 2292, Lambda Cancri, Eta Cancri, IC 2252, IC 2296, LAMOST-HVS1, X Cancri, K2-187, YBP 1194, Theta Cancri, 82 Cancri, HD 68703, HD 73534, 54 Cancri, 50 Cancri, 1 Cancri, 24 Cancri, 36 Cancri, AZ Cancri, 78 Cancri, 53 Cancri, 25 Cancri, 49 Cancri, HD 69629, BS Cnc, VZ Cancri, Tau Cancri, 3 Cancri, 15 Cancri, 5 Cancri, W Cancri, Omicron Cancri, HD 80546, HD 71115, 8 Cancri, U Cancri, 3 Leonis Minoris, V Cancri and 79 Cancri. Galaxies within Cancer are DLA0817g, NGC 2775, 3C 215, 3C 212, Abell 671, 3C 191, QSO B0839+187, NGC 2535, NGC2841, NGC 2608, NGC 2536, NGC 2500, NGC 2541, NGC 2563, NGC 2562, NGC 2623, IC 523, NGC 2624, NGC 2513, IC 253 and NGC 3628.
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Cancer is 1 of 12 Zodiacs. Cancer is Latin for Crab. Cancer was Introduced in The 100's AD by The Roman Astronomer Ptolemy who named it Karkinos which is Almagest (100 AD Greek Astronomical and Mathematical Language) for Giant Crab. In The Classical World Tradition, Cancer is the crab which pinched Hercules's foot while Hercules (Heracles) was in battle with The Hydra during his 12 labors. Hercules killed Cancer after the foot bite. Hera, who hated Hercules, placed the Crab in the night sky in honor of it attacking her enemy Heracles.
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