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Set B3 - Out Into Space - card information

43. Hercules

43. Hercules

This is a summer constellation and is best seen May to October. It is large and very interesting although containing no star of greater than 3rd magnitude; within it there are numerous double stars, clusters and nebulae. One great cluster is estimated to contain over 1,500 stars concentrated into a very small space in a roughly globular form, and has always been of intense interest to astronomers. Kneeling figure of Hercules, son of Jupiter, is seen upside down. This constellation was mentioned by Eudoxus (4th Century B.C.).