What kind of constellation is Hercules?
Hercules is a constellation named after Hercules, the Roman mythological hero adapted from the Greek hero Heracles.
Hercules was one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolem, and it remains one of the 88 modern constellations today.
It is the fifth largest of the modern constellations.
The stars that make up the constellation Hercules - or any other constellation - have existed for hundreds of thousands or millions of years. Some stars are older, some newer. However, "the constellation Hercules" isn't in the sky; it is in the minds of human beings like those who, long ago, looked into the night sky and made up stories about the shapes they imagined there. We see "the constellation Hercules" in the sky because…
The brightest star is Beta Hercules, or Kornephoros with magnitude 2.78. However, it is NOT the largest. Hercules contains several clusters, each with hundreds of thousands od stars, some of which may be larger. Furthermore, the constellation also contains the Hercules–Corona Borealis Great Wall, which is the largest known structure in the universe,