The Deep Photographic Guide to the
The constellation of the month
Label sun like star 55 Cancri and constellation lines!
The place where
a planetary system,
similar to ours, has been found.
Unmark the Deep Sky Objects
Latin: Cancer (Cnc)
In mid of april Cancer can be observed best in the evening at about 20 h local time
between the constellations Leo and Gemini.
The position is in the zodiac, i.e. in the plane of our solar system. So the sun, moon,
and planets are frequently crossing this constellation.
Cancers appearance is quite faint
Alpha Cancri has a visual magnitude of just 4.2 mag.
But a striking feature is the Open Star Cluster M 44,
visible right in the center of the photography.
By naked eye the cluster, also called Praesepe or the Beehive Cluster,
can be seen as a fuzzy patch in the sky. But a small pair of binoculars already offers the
stellar nature of this object.
| English:|| Crab
|| Spanish:|| Cangrejo
| German:|| Krebs
|| French:|| Cancer
© all photographs taken by
Till Credner and