The constellation of Hercules, the Hero, reached its best visibility for the year yesterday but is well placed for observation throughout the summer months. In mythology, Hercules was tasked with completing twelve challenges, or labors, from slaying a lion (represented by the constellation Leo) to capturing the multi-headed dog Cerberus.
Fortunately, observing the constellation yourself shouldn’t be much of a challenge, no matter where you are in the world. Australian observers can spot the constellation over the northern horizon while those in the United Kingdom and North America will see it pass almost overhead (the zenith, marked by a Z in the images above.)
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Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
17:59 UT – The waning crescent Moon passes asteroid 4 Vesta. (Vesta: magnitude 7.3. Pisces, pre-dawn sky.)
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