"Cancer, Virgo, Leo raced the ecliptic down the southern night"
Constellation of Cancer
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeConstellation of Cancer - Credit: Till Credner
Constellation of Virgo
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Constellation of Leo
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Cancer, Virgo, and Leo are three of the twelve constellations of the Zodiac.

Cancer (Latin for crab) is small and its stars are faint. lt lies between Gemini to the west and Leo to the east, Lynx to the north and Canis Minor and Hydra to the south,

Virgo (Latin for virgin) is the second largest constellation in the sky. It lies between Leo to the west and Libra to the east.

Leo (Latin for Lion) lies between Cancer to the west and Virgo to the east.

 

 

 

The ecliptic is the plane of the earth’s orbit around the sun. The name ecliptic arises because eclipses occur when the full or new Moon is very close to this path of the Sun.

 

Celestial equator and ecliptic
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeCelestial equator and ecliptic - Credit: Joshua Cesa
Photograph showing the plane of the ecliptic, taken from the 1994 lunar prospecting Clementine spacecraft
Public DomainPhotograph showing the plane of the ecliptic, taken from the 1994 lunar prospecting Clementine spacecraft - Credit: NASA