Cancer - one of the most inconspicuous zodiacal constellations in our Solar System.
It can only be observed in clear weather at night, in the absence of noise monitoring, which are characteristic of large cities.The brightest star of the constellation Cancer is owned Altarf.Also, one of the brightest representatives of Cancer includes Azellyus Australis, Prezepa, Akubens (from Arab. - Pincer)

In Cancer are also two well-known open cluster M 44 (nursery or Beehive) and M 67 (this is one of the oldest clusters -he more than 4 billion. years).

Greeks tied zodiac constellation Cancer with one of the first labors of Hercules.Eurystheus - the king of Argos was the grandson of Perseus, and at the same time a cousin uncle Heracles, in the service of which he was Hercules.It was on his orders, the hero of Greece had to perform 12 labors.One of these tasks was to kill the Lernaean hydra, which strikes fear into the people who lived near the site of its habitat.Hydra - a monster with nine heads and body of a s
nake - was the brood of vipers and Typhon, and lived in a swamp near Lerna, for which he received his nickname - Lernaean Hydra.Hercules, to comply with the order Evrisfeya, carefully prepared, and also took his nephew Iolaus who greatly contributed to the victory of Hercules.

When he reached the swamp, lured Hydra and Hercules began to cut off her head, but she grew new ones that were more dangerous than the previous ones.This battle was aggravated by the fact that the aid Lerna Hydra crawled a huge cancer that has gripped their claws up Hercules.Then he called Hercules and Iolaus killed the cancer.Subsequently, to defeat the Hydra, Iolaus had to cauterize the severed heads and in their place have ceased to grow new ones.So Hercules defeated the Lernaean hydra.After this victory, the goddess Hera hated Heracles more.In gratitude for their help Lerna Hydra, Hera placed Cancer in the number of constellations and the sky does not leave, so everyone knew about his contribution to the historic battle of Hercules and the Lernaean Hydra.

Whatever storytellers were not Greeks, but the fact remains that this story came to us and remains popular to this day.
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