Cancer Minor (constellation)

Cancer Minor (constellation)

Detail from Atlas Coelestis 1681.

Cancer Minor, Latin: lesser crab, was a constellation composed from a stars in Gemini adjacent to Cancer. The constellation was introduced in 1612 (or 1613) by Petrus Plancius.[1]

The 5th magnitude stars constituting Cancer Minor were HIP 36616, and 68, 74, 81 and 85 Geminorum, forming a faint natural arrow-shaped asterism.

It is only found on a few 17th-century Dutch celestial globes and in the atlas of Andreas Cellarius and was no longer used after the 18th century.


  1. ^, Felice Stoppa: Le costellazioni di Petrus Plancius