Hercules is framed by a string of three stars that run from lower left to upper right just above center together with three more below. The 4-star "Keystone" is to the lower left. From the left-hand star clockwise, its stars are Eta, Zeta, Epsilon, and Pi. The famed globular cluster Messier 13 glows just to the upper right of the upper left hand star of the Keystone. Rasalgethi (Alpha), "the Kneeler's Head," is the reddish star near the upper right edge. Kornephoros (Beta), the brightest star in the constellation, is at top right center, while Delta is immediately to the right of center. Rho is just below Pi. 30 Her is the fainter of the two stars at the left edge, 68 Her the upper left of the two up and to the right of Pi. Mu is toward bottom right, with Masym (Lambda) between it and Delta; 89 Her is down and to the right of Mu; 95 Her is the brightest star of the box of four near the lower right corner. More of the classic constellation can be seen in the view shifted to the west.

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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.

By Jim Kaler. Return to STARS.