CANCER (kan´-ser)—THE CRAB. (Face West.)
Location.—Cancer lies between Gemini and Leo. A line drawn from Nath in Auriga to Pollux in Gemini, and prolonged about 15°, ends in Præsepe, the Manger, the great star cluster in Cancer, which is also called “The Bee Hive.” It contains 300 stars. The stars ? and ? are called the Aselli—the ass’s colts feeding from the silver manger.
The star ? lies about 10° northeast of Procyon. Acubens, ? lies on the same line the same distance beyond ?. These two stars form the tips of the inverted “Y” which distinguishes Cancer.
An imaginary line from Capella through Pollux will point out Acubens. Close to it are two faint stars. The Bee Hive lies within an irregular square formed by ?, ?, ?, and ?, and looks like a nebula to the naked eye.
In June, 1895, all the planets except Neptune were in this quarter of the heavens, and Halley’s comet was in this constellation on its first appearance in 1531.
The dimness of ? and ? is an infallible precursor of rain, and if the Bee Hive is not visible in a clear sky, it is a presage of a violent storm.