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Cassiopeia

Quick Facts

Name:Cassiopeia
kass-ee-oh-PEE-yah
Meaning:Queen (Proper)
Abbreviation:Cas
Genitive:Cassiopeiae
Visible in Latitudes:90° thru -20°
Viewing Season:All year (circumpolar)
Best Seen In:November, 9:00 pm
Transit Date:October 1
Right Ascension:1.01 hours
Declination:62.2 degrees
Area:598.407 sq. degrees

Star Diagram

Star Diagram: Cassiopeia

About Cassiopeia

Cassiopeia, the Queen, is visible in the Northern Hemisphere all year long. She is known as the Celestial W when below the pole and the Celestial M when above it.

The wife of Cepheus and the mother of Andromeda, Cassiopeia is bound to her chair and forever circles the pole with her head downward. This was an appropriate punishment by the Nereids (Sea Nymphs) for Cassiopeia's boast of being more beautiful than all of the Nereids.

Named Stars

 
NameStar
ShedirAlpha Cas
CaphBeta Cas
RuchbahDelta Cas
SeginEpsilon Cas
AchirdEta Cas
MarfakTheta Cas
MarfakMu Cas

Messier Objects

 
NameType
M52Open Cluster
M103Open Cluster

Neighboring Constellations

AndromedaLacerta
CamelopardalisPerseus
Cepheus
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