Cancer Cancri (Cnc)

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Cancer, lying between Gemini and Leo, is the faintest of the 12 zodiacal constellations, but it includes a major star cluster, Praesepe, also known as the Beehive or Manger. The stars Gamma (y) and Delta (5) Cancri, north and south of the cluster, represent two donkeys feeding at the manger. In Greek mythology Cancer was the crab that attacked Hercules during his fight with the multi-headed Hydra but was crushed underfoot, a minor role that befits such a faint constellation.


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