Perseus

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Abbreviation:  Per
English Name:  The Hero
Genitive: Mirfak
Hemisphere: Northern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Camelopardalis and Andromeda.
Visible between latitudes:  +90 and -35 degrees
Best season: Winter
Seen in three seasons: Summer, Autumn & Winter
Best seen in:  December (This constellation of Perseus stays in the sky all the year.)
Seen between: Autumn, Winter & Spring
Right Ascension (RA): 03 hour
Declination (DEC): +45 degrees
Area (square degrees):  615 (24th)

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Perseus (The Hero)

  • A pretty constellation that has a rich part of the Milky-Way runs through it, making it an attractive constellation for binocular users.

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Messier Objects in Perseus

M34 – Open Cluster; this bright cluster sits in the middle of a rich field of stars – an interesting view through either binoculars or a telescope.
M76 – The Little Dumbbell Nebula, also known as Messier 76, NGC 650/651, the Barbell Nebula, or the Cork Nebula, is a planetary nebula.

More objects in Perseus

Select CatalogNo of Objects
Barnard (B)10x objects
Caldwell (C)2x objects
Collinder (Cr)20x objects
New General Catalogue (NGC)95x objects
Index Catalogue (IC)60x objects
Sharpless (Sh2)12x objects

Features of Interest

  • Double Cluster (NGC 869 & NGC 884) – Two of the finest example of Open Clusters in the sky are magnificent through binoculars or the ow-power field of a small telescope. (Seeing two red giant stars is lying between NGC 869 & NGC 884.)
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  • NGC 1499 – The California nebula is an emission nebula to get its name due to a resemblance (look like) to the shape of the U.S. State California. It is extremely large, and so it has a very low surface brightness.

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Named Stars

  • Mirphak (Alpha Per)
  • Algol (Beta Per)
  • Miram (Eta Per)
  • Menkib (Xi Per)
  • Atik (Omicron Per)
  • Gorgonea Secunda (Pi Per)
  • Gorgonea Tertia (Rho Per)
  • Gorgonea Quarta (Omega Per)
  • more list of stars in Perseus.

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IAU Sky Chart: Persues


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Constellations – Visible from the UK

AndromedaAquariusAquilaAriesAuriga
BoötesCamelopardalisCancerCanes VenaticiCanis Major
Canis MinorCapricornusCassiopeiaCepheusComa Berenices
Corona BorealisCygnusDelphinusDracoEquuleus
GeminiHerculesLacertaLeoLeo Minor
LibraLynx LyraMonocerosOphiuchus
OrionPegasusPerseusPiscesSagitta
Serpens CaputSerpens CaudaSextansTaurusTriangulum
Ursa MajorUrsa MinorVirgoVulpecula
(44 constellations above are visible from the United Kingdom.)

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Parts visible from the UK

AntliaColumbaEridanusFornaxMicroscopium
Piscis AustrinusPuppisPyxisSagittariusScorpius
(10 constellations above are partially visible from the United Kingdom.)

(Only 10 of them even in part from the United Kingdom.)

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Constellations: Southern Celestial Hemisphere
…..never seen from the UK

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