A famous constellation chart from 1627, the Rudolphine Tables, calls this group of stars Engonasin, which means “the kneeler.” It appears to kneel at the feet of another constellation, Draco the dragon. Other than that older name, in Western astronomy the constellation is consistently called “Hercules,” although the hero it is named after is also commonly known as “Heracles.” It will be abbreviated as “Her,” especially in scientific texts.
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