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Cancer the Crab is one of the 12 constellations of the zodiac. Learn how to find it in your sky, plus learn about its star cluster, mythology and more.
The Beehive Cluster is an open cluster that lies near the center of the constellation Cancer the Crab. It goes by many names, including Praesepe and M44.
Photographers on opposite sides of Earth captured images of the moon and the Beehive star cluster as they paired up in mid-June 2021.
Look for Jupiter tonight, and note its location. Then - when the moon drops out of the evening sky - use Jupiter to find the famous Beehive star cluster.
Use the planet Jupiter and the star Regulus to find the Beehive star cluster tonight and for many nights to come!
Comet Lovejoy has been visible with binoculars in the predawn sky, near the famous Beehive star cluster. How to spot it, plus best photos, here.
The planets in the Beehive are the first ever found around sun-like stars in a cluster of stars.
The zodiacal constellation Libra the Scales is a fixture of the evening sky during Northern Hemisphere summer (Southern Hemisphere winter).
International Astronomy Day occurs twice a year. The next celebration is on Saturday, May 7, 2022. Find resources and info on the night sky here.
Hydra the Water Snake is the largest of the 88 constellations. On April evenings, the entire constellation snakes along the southern horizon.
Get to know March's deep sky with these amazing photos taken by members of the EarthSky community. Did you take a great photo? Share it with us!
The constellation Lynx represents a cat and passes high overhead in March skies for the Northern Hemisphere. Learn its stars and deep-sky objects.
Deep-sky objects - including bright and dark nebulae, star clusters and distant galaxies - are favorite targets for amateur stargazers.
Here are charts showing the late June evening sky in 2021, from master chartmaker Guy Ottewell. One looks west after sunset. One looks from above.
An ancient people with a sweet tooth - the Nok culture of sub-Saharan Africa - used terracotta pots to hold honey 3,500 years ago. They may be the earliest confirmed honey collectors in Africa.
These next few nights - March 23 and 24, 2021 - the bright waxing gibbous moon puts the constellation Cancer in the spotlight, but out of view.
The best solar system and deep-sky objects to view with your binoculars. From Jupiter's moons to starry clusters, learn to see the sky’s wonders.
Cancer the Crab is the faintest constellation of the zodiac. But - if you'll note the stars in the moon's vicinity on February 24, 2021 - those stars can help you find Cancer.
Sirius is easy to find. It's the sky's brightest star. If you have binoculars and a dark location, look near it for the star cluster M41.
You can easily see the V-shaped Hyades star cluster, Face of Taurus the Bull, and the bright reddish star Aldebaran, the fiery Eye of the Bull.