Cancer, Latin for
“crab,” is the zodiac sign from June 22-July 22. In Greek myth, Cancer was
connected to Hercules, son of Zeus and a mortal woman named Alcmene. Hera, who
was Zeus’s wife, hated Hercules and placed a curse on him that ultimately drove
him to kill his wife. To make amends, Hercules was ordered by Zeus to complete
ten tasks, one of which was killing the nine-headed Hydra. During his battle
with the Hydra, Hera sent a giant crab down named Crios to distract Hercules in
battle. After the crab bit his foot, Hercules crushed the crab, immediately
killing it. Hera placed the crab in the sky to reward it for its heroic work.
Cancer is the dimmest constellation in the Zodiac. Therefore, the
best way to spot it is to look between the bright stars Pollux and Castor (part
of Gemini) and Regulus (part of Leo).
the constellation is best seen in the Northern Hemisphere in late winter/early