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Stars in your eyes - Hercules

Star map of Hercules

This is a star map for Crich on 12 March 2007 at midnight looking EAST

Mythology background of the constellation Hercules

Hercules, son of Zeus, served his cousin the King of Argos. Hoping to destroy Hercules the king set him twelve supposedly impossible tasks, but he completed them all.

The twelve labours of Hercules were:

  1. Strangling the Nemean Lion.
  2. Striking off the many heads of the poisonous water snake Hydra.
  3. Delivering alive the Erymanthian boar
  4. Delivering alive the Arcadian stag.
  5. Killing the man-eating birds of Lake Stymphalis.
  6. Cleaning, in one day, the stables of Augeas which contained 3,000 oxen which had not been cleaned for thirty years.
  7. Capturing and bearing on his shoulders to Mycenae the white Cretan bull, sire of the Minotaur.
  8. Capturing the man-eating mares of Diomedes.
  9. Fetching the girdle of the Amazon queen, Hippolyte.
  10. Killing the three-headed monster Geryon, the giant herdsman Eurytion and the two-headed dog Orthrus - all in order to capture Geryon's oxen.
  11. Freeing Prometheus and temporarily bearing the weight of the world for Atlas.
  12. Descending to the underworld to bring the three-headed dog Cerberus to its master, Hades.
After Hercules completed his service to the king, he then took part in the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts to find the Golden Fleece. Zeus honoured his son by placing him in the sky forever.

Thanks to our resident astronomer JG