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Crater is a faint constellation best seen in April.
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Crater

The constellation Crater is known as the Cup! The stars in Crater are very faint, so it is hard to see. Crater is between Leo and Hydra. Corvus the Crow is next to it. You can see Crater from March through June.

In Greek mythology, the crow took the cup to a spring to get some water for Apollo. But he ate a fig before getting the water. He took a serpent with him back to Apollo.

Corvus was late, so he told Apollo the serpent attacked him. Apollo knew he was lying, so he put Corvus, Crater and the serpent in the sky. Corvus shouldn't have lied!

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