Hercules rises on its side, the constellation framed by a string of three stars that run from left to right just above center together with three more below. The 4-star "Keystone" is to the left. From the upper left-hand corner clockwise, its stars are Eta, Zeta, Epsilon, and Pi. The famed globular cluster Messier 13 glows just to the right of Eta. Rasalgethi (Alpha), "the Kneeler's Head," is the reddish star near the lower right-hand corner. Kornephoros (Beta), the brightest star in the constellation, is just above right center, while Gamma is just up and to the right of Kornophoros. Delta is down and to the right of center, while Rho is just down and to the left of Pi. Mu is at bottom center, with Masym (Lambda) between it and Delta. 30 Her is the fainter of the two stars up and to the left of M 13. Below Mu in eastern Hercules you can find the odd star 89 Herculis and the binary 95 Herculis. Marsic (Kappa) is the brighter of the close pair up and to the right of Gamma, near the upper right corner; the fainter is 8 Her. Iota, Chi, and X Her are off the picture to the left, in northern Hercules, closer to the classic figure of Draco. The stars of eastern Coronae Borealis lie toward the top of the picture.

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Go to eastern and northern Hercules.

Hercules has a star with an orbiting PLANET.

See Hercules in context with Lyra, Ophiuchus, and Draco.

See Hercules from Bayer's Uranometria of 1603.

For more on Hercules, see Heroic Stars at Stellar Stories.

By Jim Kaler. Return to STARS.