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Hercules – The Strongman

Hercules is one of the 88 constellations within the celestial sphere.

Hercules is one of the 17 constellations that represents a mythical character.

Symbolism: Hercules is also known as ‘The Strongman’

 

History & Mythology

Hercules has been known by many different cultures and represent many different things for these cultures throughout history. In Greek mythology, Hercules a strong man who was ordered to undertake 12 labours, including Dragon slaying. The constellation is one of the largest of all the constellations, however it’s not very prominent. The constellation has some notable star clusters, and it sits between the constellations of  Bootes & Lyra.

Key Data

Bordering Constellations: Hercules is bordered by constellations Lyra, Draco, Vulpecula, Bootes, Sagitta, Corona Borealis, Aquila, Serpens & Ophiuchus.

Sky Chart #: 4.

Star Raking: 5th largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars: Hercules consists of 22 main stars.

Brightest Star: Beta Herculis.

 

Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. Hercules has 15 stars with planets.

# 2. Globular Cluster M13 is 150 light years across.

# 3. Beta Herculis is the brightest star in Hercules.

 

Q&A Corner

Q. What is Hercules also known as?

Q. How many man stars does Hercules have?

Q. What is the brightest star in Hercules?

Q. How many stars have planets in Hercules?

Q. What number star ranking is Hercules in the celestial sphere?

Download questions about the Hercules Constellation here: Hercules (answers are on this page)

Teachers. For more in depth work sheets on constellations. Click on Kidskonnect Worksheets  

For further reading and more info on the Hercules Constellation visit www.solarsystemquick.com/Hercules 

  Key Vocabulary Constellation. Star. Celestial. Sphere.

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