1. Image of: A crab
2. Right ascension: 8 h 38.96 m
3. Declination: +19 degrees 48.35 m
4. Quadrant: NQ2
5. Latitudes visible at: Between +90 degrees and -60 degrees
6. Time best visible: At 21:00 in March
7. Area of sky covered: 505.872 square degrees
8. Rank in constellation size: 31st
9. Stars: Alpha Cancri (Acubens), Beta Cancri (al-Tarf), Gamma Cancri (Asellus Borealis), Delta Cancri (Asellus Australis), Zeta Cancri (Tegmine), Lambda Cancri (Kwan Kei) and Xi Cancri (Nahn)
10. Other objects in the constellation: M44 (also known as Epsilon Cancri, NGC 2632, Praesepe or the Beehive Cluster) and M67 (NGC 2682)
11. Brightest star: Beta Cancri (al-Tarf, with an apparent magnitude of 3.50)
12. Nearest star: DX Cancri, about 11.82 light-years away
13: Meteor showers: Delta Cancrids (Dec. 14 to Feb. 14, with a peak of four meteors per hour on Jan. 17)
14. Mythology: In Greek mythology, the crab appeared while Heracles (Greek for Hercules) was battling the many-headed Hydra. Heracles crushed the crab after it bit him on the foot. The goddess Hera, no fan of Heracles, immortalized the crab by putting it up among the stars.
15. Historical significance: Long ago, Cancer might have been associated with the Akkadian (Mesopotamian) Sun of the South, as it once occupied the winter solstice. As its position moved through the sky, it later became known as the Northern Gate of the Sun.
16. Symbolic significance: The star Alpha Cancri has the Arabic name Acubens (for "the claw").
17. Position in the Zodiac: Fourth.
18. Traits associated with Cancer in astrology: tenaciousness, indecisiveness, imaginativeness, moodiness
Above right: The symbol for Cancer (Image credit: Tlusta at Wikimedia Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Cancer.svg, public domain.)
Below: A constellation map of Cancer (Image credit: Torsten Bronger at Wikimedia Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Cancer_constellation_map.png, GNU Free Documentation license.)