Name a Star for Someone in the Hercules Constellation

November 15, 2022

International Star Registry

NASA Image of Hercules Constellation International Star Registry

Represented as the champion, Hercules is the fifth largest constellation in the sky. It is viewable throughout the northern hemisphere and up to 50 degrees south of the equator. Hercules is a summer constellation. The best time for viewing is in June.

The major asterism in Hercules represents the entire character of the champion. The four center stars that form the body are also known as “the Keystone”. asterism.

The nearest constellations to Hercules are Aquila, Boötes, Corona Borealis, Draco, Lyra, Ophiuchus, Sagitta, Serpens Cauda and Vulpecula.

Symbol: Her
Right Ascension: 05:18
Declination: 28
Diameter (°): 27
Area (square °): 1225
Opposition: Jun 11
Size Rank: 5th
Brightness Rank: 22nd
Genitive: Herculis

Major or notable stars in Hercules
Kornephoros – β Herculis (Beta Herculis)
ζ Herculis (Zeta Herculis)
Sarin – δ Herculis (Delta Herculis)
π Herculis (Pi Herculis)
Rasalgethi – α Herculis (Alpha Herculis)
Marfak Al Jathih Al Aisr – μ Herculis (Mu Herculis)
Sophian – η Herculis (Eta Herculis)
ξ Herculis – (Xi Herculis)
γ Herculis (Gamma Herculis)
ι Herculis (Iota Herculis)
Atia – o Herculis (Omicron Herculis)
109 Herculis
Rukbalgethi Genubi – θ Herculis (Theta Herculis)
Rukbalgethi Shemali – τ Herculis (Tau Herculis)
Cujam – ε Herculis (Epsilon Herculis)
Maasym – λ Herculis (Lambda Herculis)
v Herculis (Nu Herculis)
Kajam – ω Herculis (Omega Herculis)
Marsic – κ Herculis (Kappa Herculis)
89 Herculis
14 Herculis
Gliese 651 – HD 154345
HD 155358
HD 147506
Gliese 623
Gliese 649
Gliese 661
GSC 02620-00648 A
GSC 03089-00929

Deep Sky Objects in Hercules
The Great Globular Cluster – Messier 13 (M13, NGC 6205)
Messier 92 (M92, NGC 6341)
Hercules Cluster (Abell 2151)
Abell 39
Abell 2199
Arp 272 – NGC 6050 and IC 1179
NGC 6166
Hercules A
NGC 6210

Mythology of the Constellation Hercules

Hercules, the champion, was the son of Zeus (Jupiter) and the name means “The Glory of Hera”. In most myths, he was the son of a human woman. Through his father Zeus’ trickery, he suckled the milk of Hera and became immortal. Hera (Juno) was enraged and vexed him throughout his childhood.

The birth of Hercules is said to have been attended with many miraculous events in Thebes. Before he was nine months old, Hera sent two snakes to devour him.

Hercules was powerful even as a baby. He boldly seized the snakes and squeezed them to death. His brother, Iphicles, alerted the household with frightful shrieks. Iphicles, The Helpful, he was called!

Hercules was instructed early in the liberal arts. He was the pupil of the centaur, Chiron. He became the most valiant and accomplished of all the heroes of antiquity.

The Oracle of Apollo sent Hercules to serve the king of Mycenae, Eurystheus. This service was to last 12 years and there were 12 great feats required. His first feat was to subdue the Nemean Lion of Cithaeron (Leo). He is often shown wearing the pelt of the beast.

He slew Hydra, the nine headed monster, and all of the feats given to him.

According to myth, Hercules set other tasks for himself. He is credited for joining Jason and the Argonauts on Argo Navis to Colchis. He assisted the gods in their wars against the giants, and it was through him, alone, that Zeus obtained the victory. Then he conquered and pillaged Troy and killed King Laomedon.

It is said that in the end, he was unwittingly poisoned by an arrow dipped in the blood of Hydra. His father placed him into the heavens as a great group of stars. This group of stars is brightest in the summer sky and is known as the Hercules Constellation.

  • Q. What is the brightest star’s name in Hercules?

  • A. The brightest star in Hercules is α Herculis, with the common name of Rasalgethi.
  • Q. How big is Hercules?

  • A. Covering 1225.1 square degrees and 2.970% of the night sky, it ranks fifth among the 88 constellations in size.
  • Q. What is Hercules' Story?

  • A. A staple of mythology, the hero Hercules has a strange celestial story. Read above!