The Hercules Cluster (M13) -- Located in the constellation Hercules
HOW TO FIND
Not exactly a Herculean feat to find, was it? This cluster is so bright and beautiful you'd think it was one of the universe's best-kept secrets... if it hadn't been so easy to find, that is.
Interesting Herculean Tidbits
Hercules is the fifth largest night sky constellation. Globular Cluster M13 enjoys its more heroic pseudonym because of its location in the constellation Hercules. In Greek mythology, Hercules is known for some astounding feats, among them are the 12 Labors of Hercules. He was also part of the Argo's voyage, with Jason and the Argonauts, to retrieve the Golden Fleece. Though born a mortal son of Zeus, Hercules was granted immortality on account of his heroic deeds and service to the gods.
Everything You Need to See the Hercules Cluster
M42 & M13: courtesy of Tim Hunter and James McGaha, Grasslands Observatory at http://www.3towers.com; M31 & M45: courtesy of Herm Perez, http://home.att.net/~hermperez/default.htm; M8: courtesy of Bob Star, http://www.flickr.com/photos/52031391@N00/70287323 / CC BY 2.0
2009: The International Year of Astronomy
With the theme "The Universe, Yours to Discover," a United Nations agency is bringing astronauts, artists, scientists, academics, and others together during the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first observation of the heavens in 1609.
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